There are general guidelines about when to call a doctor for a sport or exercise injury. I will first discuss guidelines to waiting and seeing if the injury needs medical attention. Secondly, I will discuss how to talk to children about waiting and listening to their body. Lastly, I will outline injuries that require a prompt doctor’s visit.
Minor injuries of the muscles and joints do not generally require a visit to the doctor. Pains from minor injuries caused by generally resolve themselves after initial rest, stretching, and then systematically strengthening. If the pain does not disappear in a few weeks, generally it is recommended that the child should go to a doctor. It is essential to teach children what delay onset muscle soreness is what it feels like. Educate them so they understand what is happening in their muscular systems. A student should learn to wait and see how the injury feels. Listening to their body is an effective way to know if the pain warrants a visit to the physician. The child should learn the difference between discomfort and pain beyond tolerance. If the pain is severe, prompt attention to the doctor is necessary.
Visits to the doctor that should have immediate attention and include injuries to the head and eyes, a injury that is accompanied by swelling, broken bones, and a injury caused by sudden force. Chest pains, fainting, and heat intolerances should also be promptly tended. In general, it is better to play it safe than risk a student with a serious injury. Ignoring pain may lead to a longer recovery at best but could also be a lifetime of discomfort and a lack of function if left untreated.
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