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Why Should I Choose Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine?

At Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine, we have a team of experts who specialize in the treatment and prevention of injuries to the pediatric and adolescent athlete. Some of the reasons you should choose Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine include:

  • Many injuries are unique to the pediatric and adolescent athlete
  • Our staff of doctors, athletic trainers, and physical therapists are trained to provide age appropriate care/treatment for our patients. We treat kids like kids, and not like adults
  • We emphasize the importance of early injury recognition and treatment to our young patients in order to prevent furture recurrences
  • We spend extra time educating parents and coaches on a variety of issues in an effort to prevent injuries
  • Our goal is to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art care to all young athletes who come into our care. 

Why should I use ice and not heat on my injury? 
Ice is the best way to prevent additional swelling to a new injury.  Heat applied to a new injury will only increase swelling to the area and increase recovery time.  Ice should be applied directly to the area for twenty minutes and off for sixty minutes.  Do not sleep with an ice bag on an injury.  
  
If an athlete does not bring their inhaler to practice and is prone to asthma attacks should the athlete be able to practice?
If an athlete knows that he/she is prone to attacks the inhaler should be treated as part of their equipment.  Inhalers are prescription only and athletic trainers or coaches do not have them available in first aide kits.  
  
What is the best way to stay hydrated? 
The best way to stay fully hydrated for your sports is to consume plenty of water.  If your sport or activity last longer than one hour a sports drink is recommended for consumption after the event.  Use caution if you are consuming sports drinks during competition, the sugar content could cause nausea in some athletes.  
  
Can my son or daughter play with a cast or brace? 
Cast and brace regulations are dependent upon the sport in which your son or daughter participates in.  Example: An athlete can participate in football with a padded cast and release note from the physician.  An athlete can participate in basketball with an ACL brace if it is plastic or covered by a soft sleeve.  Basketball players cannot have anything device that is hard from the shoulder to the fingertips.  
  
When does my athlete need to see a physician?  When does my athlete need an x-ray? 
If any injury does not respond to basic first aide measures or symptoms worsen of a 24-48 hour period it is recommended that your athlete seek a physicians care.  X-rays are recommended for athletes who have boney tenderness, decreased range of motion and/or excessive swelling in an area.  
  
When can my son or daughter return to play? 
If your son or daughter is under the care of a physician the timetable for their return is set by the physician.  Athlete’s should be able to return to play safely given the injury has had time to heal so the athlete is not put at further risk for re-injury. 

Articles About Common Sports Medicine Questions

Articles Provided by NATA and CDC

The mission of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s lives by accelerating health impact and reducing health disparities. Both organization's provide excellent sources of health information. Click the links below to read the NATA and CDC articles about sports medicine related topics.

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