Navigation Links
School Sports May Spell Trouble for Ankles
Date:9/19/2009

Because children's bones are still developing, injuries require special care, doctors say

SATURDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The new school year will bring more focus on student athletics -- and also more ankle injuries, an association of orthopedists warns.

"Children are at risk for injury when they take a break from sports training or don't prepare enough for the fall sports season. A rapid return to participation in sports such as football, soccer and long-distance running puts considerable stress on the foot and ankle, significantly predisposing them to injury," Dr. Ned Amendola, professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, said in a statement from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Amendola said several factors put the ankles of kids and teens at risk.

"Children's bodies and bones are still in the development stage, therefore, their muscle control and maturity of bones and ligaments are not as stable when subjected to the rigors of competitive sports," he said. "In addition, children may be anatomically predisposed to injury due to growth plate attachment to tendons, causing a stress reaction through the growth plate, which, for example, happens at the attachment of the Achilles' tendon to the heel bone."

If a child or teen does have an ankle injury, the orthopedists recommend the following steps, known as the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) guidelines:

  • Rest the ankle -- do not walk on it.
  • Ice it to help reduce swelling.
  • Compressive bandages should be used to immobilize and support the injury.
  • Elevate the ankle -- keep it above heart level for 48 hours.

The society states that parents should be aware that a severe sprain may hide the symptoms of a broken ankle. The experts recommend that a doctor examine every ankle injury.

More information

Learn more about ankle injuries from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, news release, Sept. 17, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Time to Set Kids Back-to-School Sleep Clocks
2. Add Earlier Bedtime to Back-to-School List
3. Does Pathological Shyness Make for School Shooters?
4. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
5. Survey reveals disparities in skin cancer knowledge, protection among high school students
6. Non-medicinal treatment touted for pre-schoolers with ADHD
7. Nonmedicinal treatment touted for preschoolers with ADHD
8. Obese Children Miss More School Days
9. Back to School Means Backpack Safety
10. Heart Attacks at School Involve More Adults Than Kids
11. Back to School Means Return of School Blood Drives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
School Sports May Spell Trouble for Ankles
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... ... Cheryl Bowker of Bowker Insurance Group has been presented with one of ... McKenna ran one of Allstate’s most successful agencies for 48 years, but it was ... The award named for him is not given every year, but only when an ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Casa Velas, an adults-only ... of precious stones to complement its new wellness suites . The two 1,350 ... feature a plethora of special services and insuite amenities, from a custom soap selection ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Laser Skin & ... turn back the hands of time of female aging. The Juliet™ ... Women with symptoms such as leakage, laxity, itchiness and pain have reported real relief ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network ... as the Medical Director of its new DeSoto facility. , “We are pleased ... location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Sterling Global Products is ... unique and patented refillable hanging wipe dispenser. The campaign kick-off video is located via ... end June 25, 2016. The goal is to raise $1,000 per day for a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 Transparency Market ... Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... According to the report, the exocrine pancreatic insufficiency market ... from 2015 to 2023 to reach US$2.85 Bn by ... condition characterized by the deficiency of the exocrine pancreatic ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 Clarifying Vision ... and Monitoring, and Vision Care What can ... are going to grow at the fastest rates? This ... 2026, assessing data, trends, opportunities and prospects. ... graphs. Discover the most lucrative areas in the industry ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Non-invasive diagnostic test realizes the ... ,Technology to be presented at Yissum’s booth, at IATI-BIOMED ... Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced ... Aurum Ventures MKI, the technology investment arm of Morris ... approach for early detection of multiple diseases by analyzing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: