Health Watch — Sports for Kids: Injury Prevention

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about sports for kids and how to avoid sports injuries. Previously, we discussed the importance of protective equipment for injury prevention. But technique plays a big role, too. It’s essential to get coaching on how to safely play the sport while protecting your body.

Dr. Luis Palacios, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should also be sure to warm up and stretch properly before playing a sport or doing other physical activity. If you are injured or feel pain while playing, don’t try to just shake it off or play through the pain. That could make the injury worse. Instead, have it checked out by a medical professional before getting back in the game. In the long run, you may lose less playing time by taking a break right away.


April 2007

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