Football Injuries

Friday, August 12, 2011 - 9:10am

Emergency rooms see a steady stream of young athletes now that football season has begun.

Now that football season is upon us emergency room doctors are seeing a steady stream of young athletes hobbling off the field with sprained ankles and blown-out knees not to mention a few bruised egos.

That old familiar sound tells us football is back. But so are the injuries and safety concerns that go with america's favorite contact sport. 11-year-old wadell white knows the pain first hand.

Wadell says "I slipped and then the dude that was running the ball stepped on my hand."

Wadell got the tackle and a broken wrist. He ended up here at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where he wasn't the only injured football player. During football season, nearly 2,000 kids and teens are treated in emergency departments across the country every day for football-related injuries.

Dr. Amanda Kelly of Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, says
"This is our busiest time of year in sports medicine."

Dr. Amanda Kelly is a pediatric sports medicine specialist. She sees a lot of football-related ankle sprains, wrist and knee problems tendonitis and growth plate injuries.

Dr. Kelly says "we see a lot of that when kids go from doing an hour or so of activity a day to doing 5 hours of activity a day."

Experts suggest kids condition their bodies throughout the summer so the start of practice isn't so tough. Heat illness is another concern one that many players and coaches take seriously.

Darren DuBose says "our coaches are mindful of the water we need and what we need to do."

Jim Oddo, High School Football Coach, says "even if they don't feel like drinking, we tell them get over there and get their water."

They're tips to get kids through the season relatively unscathed. Doctors recommend water breaks for athletes every 15 minutes on hot and humid days.

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