Prevention and Treatment of Youth Sport Injuries
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Soft tissue injuries (strains, sprains, bruises, lacerations, etc.)
- After the initial treatment (acute Care) of an injury the soft tissues will then need to go under certain remodeling phases.
- There is typically local pain tenderness, redness, bruising, and swelling.
- Knowing the injury is important to the healing process to know how to proceed.
- Severe or repetitious injury to the same area can cause calcium build up known as myositis ossificans traumatica.
- Protection should be initiated immediately however total immobilization is not encouraged.
- Passive range of motion is encouraged. Passive means moving through a pain free range of motion via means of an outside source. For example using your uninjured hand to move a swollen ankle in small pain free circles. Initial rest should be done for 2-3 days while ice is applied 15′-20′ approximately 4 times a day.
- Sprains and strains can be divided into these subcategories:
- 1-2 weeks; moderate pain; <25%
- 4-6 weeks; severe pain; 25-50%
- Week, months, not without surgery; severe or ironically no pain