You know for 100% certain when you have a dislocated joint. In a nutshell, dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of their normal position. The cause of most dislocations is equally divided between falls or impacts to the body. When a dislocation occurs the joint is rigid and immobile. Areas of the body that are commonly dislocated include ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, finger and toe joints. A dislocated joint is swollen, painful and usually visibly out of place.

If you have dislocated a joint, get medical help. The treatment that you will be given will depend on the specific joint you have dislocated. For smaller dislocations such as finger, shoulder or toes bones, a manual manipulation (using the hands to move the bone back into position) will usually be done.

After repositioning, the joint will usually be in a splint or sling to keep it fully in place until the joint is healed. Most dislocations will function normally again in a few weeks. However, you need to be on the lookout for those areas of your body that have been previously dislocated as once you have a dislocation of the shoulder or knee, you are more likely to suffer a repeat of the same injury if an impact occurs on those joints. Wearing wraps, pads or other protective gear during participation in physical activities will help keep the odds in your favor that you won’t be repeating this adventure.

Rollins Still Feeling Sting from Ankle Sprain

Sometimes sports injuries seem cruel. Last year’s MVP Jimmy Rollins was put on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a sprained ankle. It’s a bad blow for the Phillies and Jimmy as well. Jimmy’s game is boosted by his sheer ability to run so fast and a sprained ankle as put a definite damper on his game.

Jimmy Rollins himself was quoted as saying,”My game is speed and I don’t have much of that now”. For someone as fast as this player, a sprained ankle is akin to having an anchor tied to his leg.

Fortunately, immediate attention after the injury is the reason that Rollins will have a fast recover and get back in the game as soon as possible.

As far as regaining speed, in all probability, Rollins will regain his speed and strength if he follows a good regiment that includes regular strength training and practices stretching and warm-up before games or practice games so those muscles around the ankle area are good and warmed up before heavy game use.

Exercise Plays Role in Recovery From Sports Injuries

I just read a great article in the HealthDay News, it read in short that if you’re an athlete or just a person that loves to exercise every day, in many cases you don’t have to completely stop exercising if you have a strained muscle, sprained ankle or foot injury.

In fact, “Exercise can definitely be beneficial for a person dealing with an injury. Depending on its type, the injured area should be moved and not left in place for a long period of time,” Colleen Greene, wellness coordinator with MFit, the University of Michigan Health System’s health promotion division, said in a prepared statement.

“Some people think they should just rest and not move at all with an injury. Doing that can actually be worse because — depending on the amount of time one does not move the appendage — the muscle might begin to atrophy,” Greene said.

As you know, if you are injured, the general rule of thumb for initial treatment is Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE). Once you’ve done that, consult a doctor as soon as possible. If the injury is severe enough, you may be referred to a physical therapist or specialist trainer. They’ll help guide your recovery and offer tips on how to maintain strength while you heal.

The goal is always maintain strength, not to gain while you are in a recovery mode. The key is to rebuild what you’ve lost and don’t push it. Pay attention to any pain and if you experience it, slow down.

Remember that pain is always the indicator that you’re pushing too much. A little discomfort is to be expected when you’re recovering, but pain means stop and try something else. You want to recover not re-injur.

Do You Know the Symptoms of Sports-Related Concussion?

There are an average of 2 million sports-related concussions every year and according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of those injuries occurred playing football.

Bicycling is another cause of concussions in kids and the most common cause is having an impact without the benefit of wearing a helmet. As more and more kids are participating in sports at younger ages, parents need to be alert to the signs of a concussion.

For the curious, a concussion is an injury to the brain typically caused by a blow or strike to the head that can cause a range of symptoms. It is an injury that temporarily interferes with brain function.

The symptoms of a concussion can be impairments to memory, judgment, speech, balance and coordination. There may or may not be a loss of consciousness accompanying the injury. The injured person could have a headache, visual problems and more. If you suspect your child (or anyone) has suffered a blow to the head and is exhibiting any of the above symptoms or irritability, headache, sometimes nausea or vomiting, ringing in the ears, poor concentration or really just seems “off” – get them to a medical professional as quickly as possible for an evaluation. Remember although someone can seem fine immediately after injury, the symptoms of a concussion may not rear its ugly head until a couple of days are the initial injury.

If your child receives multiple concussions, it many be time to pull them from the sports activity as there is preliminary evidence in current studies that indicates that repeated concussions can lead to a predisposition for Alzheimer’s.

Second-impact syndrome is a very dangerous possibility after a concussion. Simply put, if there is a concussion and the brain hasn’t healed from it and a second impact occurs, serious injury or even death can occur as serious brain swelling can occur.

Concussions are treated pretty much that same way intially. Treatment depends on the signs and symptoms the patient is showing. Quiet, bed rest, little to no stimulation or excitement and a cold compress if there’s a bump on the head in very short intervals to help with exterior pain.

You can’t really stop concussions from happening but you can minimize the risk by making sure the coaches your kids train with has appropriate coaching training and make sure your kids are always wearing the proper gear that fits for the sport they are participating in.

Simple Tips For Preventing Childhood Sports Injuries

It’s a call no parent wants to get. You’re at work, engrossed in the crisis of the moment that’s yours to solve and your phone rings, it’s your child’s coach and he’s hurt his knee at football practice, and right now it looks pretty bad.

Sports injuries are going to happen as long as there are kids and sports. However, there are some things you can do to help keep yourself from getting a phone call like the just mentioned.

First of all, make sure that the sports your child is enrolled in are overseen by adults that are certified athletic trainers (ATC). An ATC is also trained in the prevention, recognition and immediate care of athletic injuries.

Next, make sure your child understands that protective gear necessary for playing his or her chosen sport as well as wearing that equipment at all times during play. That, “Just this once” time your child doesn’t wear pads or a helmet can be the time he or she suffers an injury.

The importance of warming up and stretching muscles can’t be said enough. Muscles must be warmed up or they run the risk of tearing or strain. Light stretching, jogging and other light warm up exercises will greatly increase your child’s chances of not being on the injured list.

Talk to your child about “R.I.C.E.”. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation is one of the best early treatments for an injury. Talking to your child about what RICE is as well as why it’s done will help your child not only understand what to do in case of an injury, he or she won’t panic or get upset when these procedures are done in case of an injury.

With warmer weather approaching, it’s also important to talk to your child about heat related illness. Children perspire less than adults and require a higher core body temperature to trigger sweating. Heat-related illnesses include:
*dehydration (deficit in body fluids)

*heat exhaustion (nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache, pale and moist skin, heavy perspiration, normal or low body temperature, weak pulse, dilated pupils, disorientation, fainting spells)

*heat stroke (headache, dizziness, confusion, and hot dry skin, possibly leading to vascular collapse, coma, and death). All of these are dangerous conditions and can even be fatal, but they can be easily prevented by staying hydrated and resting if they experience any of the above symptoms while playing in hot weather.

Sports are important, they help kids stay fit and develop valuable social skills. Knowledge about how injuries happen and what to do when they do is some of the most powerful information you can give you child. Talk to your child and go over the easy tips outlined here and you’ll have taken a great first step to avoiding that phone call!