Little League Elbow and Swimmer’s Shoulder and Runner’s Knee, Oh My!

As my children have started to enjoy playing more sports, I realize how competitive sports have become at an earlier age. This is a nationwide trend that is causing those of us in the pediatric world to see more overuse injuries than ever before. What is an overuse injury? An overuse injury is damage to a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon due to repetitive stress without allowing time for the body to heal. Attached is a link from the AAP that gives insight into how best to protect our kids. As always, if you have questions or concerns about overuse injuries, please call you pediatrician’s office.

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It’s Football Time in Tennessee!

…And unfortunately that means some football players will get concussions.  A concussion is a brain injury.  It can range from mild to severe.  In recent years, the frequency with which concussions occur, and their possible long term effects, have been better studied and much more widely publicized.

Attached is a link to the TSSAA website outlining Tennessee’s concussion education and care policy. It is several pages long, but contains lots of very good information on recognizing concussion symptoms, instructions on what to do once a concussion is suspected,  and return to play information and clearance forms.

Many times, athletes and parents are in concerned about getting the athlete back into competition as soon as possible, but it’s important to be sure a young person is completely recovered before resuming competition!

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