Harris Methodist Southwest Seeks to Reduce Athletic Injuries 08/12/2002
FORT WORTH, Texas — The start of school signals the beginning of sports season. From football to volleyball, young athletes need to be cautious about injury. The physicians on the medical staff and Outpatient Therapy Department at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital suggest these simple precautions:
If your child is on medication of any kind, including medicines for asthma, allergies or acne, make sure the trainer or coach is aware of it. Texas heat and extensive exercise combined with certain medications can be a critical combination.
Make sure your child has a physical before participating in any sport, even if it is not required.
Warming up before playing sports is crucial. Most injuries occur when muscles are cold and stiff. Stretches, jumping jacks, push-ups and leg lifts are simple ways to warm up that every child can do.
Make sure your child drinks plenty of water. Many teens think sports drinks are best for active bodies, but this can result in too many electrolytes and they can become overmedicated. Mix them with plenty of water.
Most importantly, make sure your child knows to tell someone right away if an injury occurs. Most athletes will suffer from sore muscles, but a good rule of thumb states that if it hurts in a joint, something is wrong.
Even with these precautions, injuries will occur. When they do, see your family physician, who may recommend therapy at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, where a variety of programs are available to help get athletes of all ages and skill levels back in the game.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The system serves 29 counties with a population of 5.4 million. THR serves one of every five people living in these counties for inpatient hospital care. THR was formed in 1997 and is comprised of hospitals and other health services, including Harris Methodist hospitals in and near Tarrant County, Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington and Presbyterian Healthcare hospitals in Dallas, Collin and other North Texas counties.