Especially in younger children, fact-finding as soon as possible is important to help understand the context of potential injuries. Details can be skewed or forgotten over time. If your child can’t remember when the pain started, it doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t injured.
Soreness from overuse typically is felt in the muscles, but injuries are more common in the joints and parts of the body where there is movement. Be especially wary of sharp pains in joints such as ankles, elbows and knees. If a muscle is lightly bruised, or if legs are sore after a day of running around, an injury is less likely.
Observe the location of the pain. While not all injuries are visible, if your child is experiencing rapid swelling, rapid bruising or any deformity, injury is likely and requires immediate attention.
Sore muscles and minor bruising can make movement painful but not impossible. However, if your child is physically unable to move part of their body, an injury is extremely likely and you should visit a specialist right away. Leaving injuries untreated is especially harmful to the long-term health of children.
Try not to use leading questions such as “Does your ankle hurt really bad?” or “Is it just a bruise?” Instead, let your child describe on their own the location of injury and severity of pain, so they don’t feel they have to meet expectations. Children will often answer with what they believe people want to hear, even if it’s not the truth.
Talking with your child will always be subjective, so be sure to watch out for behavioral changes, such as walking differently, holding their arm or protecting a part of their body during their normal routine. Older athletes may change their usual form or technique or be less interested in practice. If this behavior is persistent, it may be a sign of an underlying injury that should be treated.
Running, pedaling and throwing, when performed safely, will strengthen your child’s muscles and tendons, significantly improving their long-term health. However, with active play comes an increased chance of injury.
If you suspect there is an injury, you should visit a specialist immediately so the injury is treated correctly from the beginning. A certified sports trainer is available every Thursday at Camp Jordan - Field 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It is a free service to CFC Academy families. No appointment necessary!
Our medical staff is made up of 21 physicians for all of your Orthopaedic needs, dedicated to the delivery of healthcare that meets the highest standards. Our doctors are supported by an incredible team of physician assistants, nurses, therapists, trainers, and receptionists, along with referral, business office and, call center personnel. Visit www.sportmed.com for locations and hours.
Chattanooga FC Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to share relevant soccer information with its members on this site. All articles that are republished here will include attribution and a link to the original source for the full story. If you are a content owner and object to its use on this site as described, email us for immediate removal.