Winter Sports Injuries in Children

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Winter is here already, and along with it comes many family activities for all to enjoy. While many children love winter, because they get to go sledding, skiing and play hockey, these winter activities are leading causes of many injuries. Here are some top tips for keeping fun number one, and preventing common injuries.

Keep them in shape and ensure they are properly warmed-up before they begin their activity. When muscles are cold, they are more likely to get injured.

  • Encourage your child to wear the appropriate protective equipment for their sport like goggles, helmets, gloves, and protective padding. Helmets have been shown to reduce up to 50% of head injuries in contact and collision sports like hockey, skiing and snowboarding.
  • Don’t forget to check their equipment regularly and ensure it fits properly. Improperly-fitting, malfunctioning or old protective equipment is a major reason for injuries.
  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of water before, during and after their sport to keep them well hydrated.
  • If your child is injured, encourage them to avoid participating in the sport and rest appropriately.
  • If the sport takes place outdoors, monitor the weather and ensure the conditions are safe.
  • Never let your child ski or snowboard alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that proper supervision is key to preventing many injuries in children.

Prevention is a key way to decrease the likelihood of your child suffering a sports-related injury this winter. If your child has suffered from a sports injury, book your appointment with Meghan today.

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Meet Meghan…one of our skilled Physiotherapists

 

MEGHAN STRAUB, B.Sc, M.Sc A. PhT is a graduate of McGill University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and member of  l’ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Quebec (OPPQ), Meghan has taken her background as an avid athlete and combined it with her caring-personality to help individuals achieve their maximum potential. She has completed several stages with high-distinction in the fields of orthopedics, neurology and pediatrics and has worked with the McGill Women’s Rugby team for the past three years. In addition, Meghan has taken courses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions, cancer rehabilitation and advanced pediatric physical therapy and plans to continue her post-graduate education with courses in manual therapy and pediatrics. Book an appointment with Meghan today!

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