From minor discomfort to sprains and broken bones, and orthopedic injury
can substantially impact your child’s health and performance in
school. After a lazy summer, it is common for kids to sustain injuries
as they get back into the school routine, which might include
carrying a heavy backpack or participating in afterschool sports. Below you’ll find some tips
for avoiding injuries as school starts up, saving your family from a trip
to the ER.
Stretch and Warm Up Before Rigorous Exercise
If your child is an athlete, training will be an important part of his
or her routine. You can help your child train by encouraging stretching
and proper warmups, which can reduce injuries like shin splints and pulled
muscles. If your child has not gotten much exercise in the offseason over
the summer, he or she should take it slow getting back into afterschool
Limit Backpack Loads
When kids carry heavy backpacks, they might be at a higher risk for conditions
like scoliosis as well as acute injuries to the shoulders and spine. Be
sure that your child’s backpack is no heavier than 15% of his or
her total body weight, and find a supportive backpack with padded, wide
straps. Adjust the straps to keep the pack close to your child’s
body, which will help in balancing the weight that is being carried. Encourage
your child to use his or her locker or keep unnecessary items at home
so that the pack never gets too full.
Wear the Right Protective Gear
Whether on a bike ride, playing sports, or simply walking to school, kids
should have the right protective gear and clothing for the task at hand.
Supportive shoes will be essential for all activities kids might participate
in, and a helmet should always be worn to protect your child’s head
while biking, on a skateboard, or during contact sports.
For all the care you need to keep your family well in Las Vegas, you can
count on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. To reach one of our nurses
for answers to your healthcare questions, give us a call today at (702) 233-5300.