For athletes of all ages, injuries from participation in sports are a common occurrence. Quick medical attention for sports related injuries is the best way to ensure a quick and proper recovery for your child athlete. Here are some statistics from the CDC regarding the likelihood of injury in athletes aged 5-18:
- “High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
- More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year.
- Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age.”
Source: Stop Sports Injuries
With injuries so common among athletes, athletic trainers are a common part of many athletic teams or organizations. Athletic trainers are often the first person to inspect an athlete’s injury, but also have many other responsibilities: “…services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions” (NATA). It is easy to see that athletic trainers serve a valuable role in helping student athletes stay healthy and manage injuries.
At Optivus, we offer a combination of athletic training services and physical therapy. When combined, these two injury treatments can be the best way to combat injury, and to treat them quickly and effectively when injury does occur. Athletic trainers can help by preventing injury through education and safe sporting practices. Physical Therapy is the best option to help treat an overuse injury, prevent or recover from surgery, and any other recovery need that your athlete might require. Learn more about all of our Specialty Services here.
Even if your sports team does not have the means to employ a full-time athletic trainer, we have a solution for you! We have three Optivus athletic trainers that are available to provide services at a variety of sporting events in the Greater Mankato area. Contact us today to reserve athletic training services for your upcoming event!