How Chiropractic Helps Kids Win
By Sandy Schroeder
As fall rolls ahead, if you are a parent you may already find your weekends filling up with your kids’ soccer or football games. It’s an exciting time, filled with wonderful moments. But it also presents some risks that we should all be aware of.
Over 3.5 million sports injuries were reported for children ages 15 or under in 2003 in the U.S., according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
To make sure you have done your homework and have the needed backup and preparation to help your kids avoid injuries, you might consider stopping by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you.
The Joint is staffed with licensed chiropractors who are well equipped to help. They see everyone from toddlers to teens to adults and seniors on a daily basis.
When you and your family come in, your chiropractor can set up health profiles for your children as backup for any injuries that might occur. Your chiropractor will use a spinal adjustment to check for any misalignments. He or she will also want to know if there is any current pain, what the daily routines are, and what the medical history is.
Your chiropractor may also spend some time reviewing good pre-game warm-up techniques, and overall safety procedures.
- Stretch or jog before each game or practice
- Stay hydrated - take regular breaks
- Never play if there is illness
- If injuries show up, stop, and have the problem checked
- Stay active before and after the season with individual pursuits or other sports
- Make sure teams are formed with size and skills matched.
- Keep an eye out for signs of repetitive injuries that may crop up in children’s sports.
- Have physicals done, and good backup such as chiropractic resources, in place.
- Treat injuries with rest, ice, compression and elevation.
- For intense pain, joint swelling or issues with movement, see a doctor or go into ER.
- Be aware of concussion symptoms and have the child observed afterwards if there is a concussion.
I have known many families that followed their kids’ teams from kindergarten through college, cheering them on with win after win in soccer, football, or other sports. In many cases, their chiropractors were right there with them, showing up whenever backup was needed.
If this sounds like a winning plan for your family, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community and find out how simple the process is. The Joint has an affordable care program that eliminates the need for insurance. Clinics are open seven days a week with extended evening hours. No appointments are needed.