All Play Is No Good For Health

by Medindia Content Team on  August 29, 2005 at 5:50 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
All Play Is No Good For Health
The current fixation for health and physical activities can mean much athletic activity that is bad for health. Physicians had said that sports injuries are becoming quite a common cause of hospitalization for young adults.

Presenting their findings at the2nd Annual Sports Medicine for Coaches Fall Sports Safety Seminar, researchers from Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes, at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery, had said it is time the young players are more conscious of the extent of damages sports injuries can cause.

As young peoples' participation in competitive sports soars, doctors are increasingly treating preventable athletic injuries that could have a lifelong impact if not properly treated. Untreated injuries in bones that have not yet fully formed could result in the incorrect growth of shoulders, elbows and knees.

Coaches and parents should be alert to pain clues in young people that signal the need for a doctor visit where enhanced imaging technology may be used in the diagnosis. Other interventions include changing the young person's competitive routine, adding strength training, improving nutrition and, as a last resort, undergoing surgical repair. Some common problem situations in which young athletes might play through the pain include:

A pitching overuse injury that can impact growth plates in the shoulder with future consequences;
Pain that results in impaired performance and means rest and strength development are needed
Disregarded pain after a fall that continues due to a hairline fracture sometimes overlooked by medical staff without special training.

Researchers had said that coaches and parents should be concerned about young athletes' over-commitments in other areas of his or her life. Improved time management can help create a healthier frame of mind, putting the young athlete's life into a healthier balance and thereby helping to prevent an over-dose of sports.

Still, despite the best efforts of coaches, parents and the young athletes, injuries may still occur. There are some clear signs which if appears, then a young athlete should consult a sports medicine specialist immediately.

Source: Newswise

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