- A good warm-up, which is essential, can involve light calisthenics or a short jog. This helps raise the core body temperature and prepares all the body's muscles for physical activity.
- Children should not be encouraged to "play through pain." Pain is a warning sign of injury, which can get worse if it's ignored.
- Swelling with pain and limited motion are two signs that are especially significant in children -- don't ignore them. They may mean the child has a more serious injury than initially suspected.
- Rest is by far the most powerful and fastest therapy for youth sports injuries.
- Injuries that look like sprains in adults can be fractures in children. Children are more susceptible to fractures because their bones are still growing.
- Ice is a universal first-aid treatment for minor sports injuries. Regular ice packs -- not chemical packs -- should be available at all games and practices. Ice controls the pain and swelling caused by common injuries such as sprains, strains and bruises.
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