Football is one of the most popular sports played among young athletes, but it leads the race in numbers of injuries out of all other sports. In 2007 alone, around 920,000 athletes 18 and under paid a visit to the emergency room, their primary care physicians and clinics. With the rising number of injuries due to playing football, it is important to take the proper steps and precautions to prevent these injuries from occurring. The most common injuries in football players are traumatic injuries, concussions, overuse injuries and heat injuries. In the link below, you can learn the plethora of prevention methods that can help keep athletes safe and injury free!
Aside from normal bumps and scuffs that are expected when engaging in sports, 1.35 million children this past year have experienced injuries
severe enough for an emergency room visit. The top of the list of injuries consisted of sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, abrasions and concussions. The various amount of injuries among young athletes amounted to medical costs of more than $935 million every year.
Too many children are visiting the emergency rooms for a plethora of injuries that are preventable. Prevention methods like receiving the appropriate amount of rest, strengthening exercises and practicing correct techniques are crucial for preventing these injuries from occurring. It is important for athletes and parents, to become educated about sports safety.
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According to APTA (American Physical Therapy Association), A new study has added to the growing body of evidence that beyond its effectiveness as a treatment for the pain itself, there are additional benefits to receiving physical therapy for low back pain (LBP) as a first-line approach: doing so could save money and dramatically reduce the chance of receiving an opioid prescription down the road.
Why should you choose PT as a first option before turning to an opioid prescription? Here are a few reasons:
- Significantly lower costs- patients with low-back pain who received care from a PT first experienced lower out-of-pocket, pharmacy, and outpatient costs after 1 year.
- Decrease in opioid usage– Low-back pain patients reduce their likelihood of receiving an opioid prescription by 87% compared with patients who never visited a PT.
- It’s safer!- Authors point out, “Opioid overdoses have reached epidemic proportions, and opioids have not been found to significantly improve health outcomes. First-line, nonpharmacological methods to treat LBP (low-back pain) have been recommended in the literature; this study suggests that [physical therapy] may be a positive alternative.
Read the full study here.