CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With the spring sports season for teens, Coral Springs parents need to know how to best help their children when they are injured.

Sometimes it’s not that obvious.

I’ve seen my share of youth injuries as the father of three children, youth coaches to more than 25 baseball, soccer, and flag soccer teams, and chiropractors with over 31 years of experience in Coral Springs.

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The first part to helping an injured child is to listen and watch.

Most coaches and parents will be able to notice the obvious acute dislocation and fracture when it occurs and should always have the child taken to the emergency room or at least meet with their personal orthopedic surgeon in their office.

However, the less severe injuries are not always noticeable.

If your child isn’t verbally communicating their pain, watch out for limping and other body language.

Keep the following in mind: Bruises, sprains, strains, and other overuse injuries can all be reduced by using ice immediately.

Use a damp towel on the pain area along with a bag of crushed ice.

For most limb injuries, the ice should be applied for 10 minutes, but never longer. There should be no break during this time, even if the child wants to.

Depending on the level of pain, the ice can be reapplied for several applications in the first three days.

This protocol has long been studied: using ice immediately can reduce the severity of the resulting bruise / inflammation and cut healing time in half.

If your child’s bruise or sprain / strain or tendonitis doesn’t look and feel better after day three, you should see a chiropractor, orthopedic surgeon, or physical therapist for specific diagnostic evaluation, support, manual therapy, stretches, and exercises or physical therapy modalities.

Here’s the snack: if your kids get injured while exercising, listen to what they are telling you and watch their body language.

Mild injuries that are left untreated can develop into long-term chronic weaknesses and recurrent injuries.

Michael W. Mathesie, DC, DACRB, is a physical rehabilitation specialist and forensic specialist.

Learn more about his practice, Mathesie Chiropractic Life Center:

Make an appointment here for an exam.

Contact his practice: 954-755-1434.