What are some common forms of sports injury that kids in Singapore experience (e.g. fractures, concussions, and trauma)? Do provide statistics of these injury cases happening in Singapore, in recent years. How are these sports injury usually treated?
There are 2 most common injury in kids:
1. Bone Fracture
Depending on the severity of the fracture, the treatment is ranging from Splint, Cast/Plaster, and Surgery.
2. Ankle sprained
Sprained ankle is very common injury for kids, and the treatment is depending on the grades of the sprain. Most of the time it is treated with Cast or Ankle Air Cast in order to allow the ligament to heal properly. Tubigrip is also often used to reduce the swelling.
Share with us the 5 most dangerous sports for kids. What is it about these sports that make them dangerous? Anything that kids/parents/teachers can do to keep the rate of accidents and injuries low?
Basketball Game involving with twisting, jumping, pivoting, squatting, or making sudden stops puts kids at risk. Proper coach up can help to keep the rate of injuries low. Basketball Shoes which covered above ankle will help to protect the ankles.
Wearing a helmet, elbow and knee guards greatly reduces risk as does educating children about the dangers of riding in traffic.
Soccer-playing boys are at highest risk for ankle sprains as well as thigh and upper leg strains and knee injuries such as ACL and Meniscus Injuries. Proper coach up can help to keep the rate of injuries low.
Baseball injuries caused by being hit by a batted ball, four in 10 caused fractures, lacerations, or concussions. There are even reports of sustaining a coma from a batted ball and haemorrhaging in the brain after being hit by a bat. Baseball has also the highest injury rate in elbows, mostly due to repetitive pitching and improper technique. Wear proper protective gear will help in reduce the rate of injuries.
You are on a piece of wood with sandpaper and wheels. Doing tricks off ledges sometimes higher than 15 feet. The use of protective gear, such as closed, slip-resistant shoes, helmets, and specially designed padding for elbows, knees, and hands is helping to reduce the rate of injuries such as wrist fracture, elbow fracture, and clavicle fracture.
What’s the first thing to be done when someone gets hurt while playing sports?
Ans: Depending on the severity of the injury:
1. For severe cases and injured person no response: Call for help. Eg: 995
– Check on ABC (Airway, Breathing and Circulation)
2. For non-severe cases:
– In the event of bleeding – is to stop the bleeding but putting pressure on the affected area
– In the event of fracture or soft tissue – is to put a splint to reduce the pain
– Bring the injured patient to nearest A&E or GP
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