The school year has begun – and football and cheerleading season is already in full swing. As the one of Oakland County’s most prominent hand and wrist doctor, Dr. Rehman treats hundreds of sports injuries every year. In this article she explains how wrist injuries can be prevented from occurring in both children and adults during athletic activities.
Preventing Wrist Sports Injury
Unfortunately, injuries in sports are unavoidable. The good news is that there are things you and your child can do to decrease the risk of a wrist injury during athletic activities.
The majority of wrist injuries incurred during sports are the result of falls – especially in young athletes. And while it isn’t always possible to control a fall, there is a “right way” to fall that can reduce the risk of wrist injury.
FOOSH – “Falling Onto Outstretched Hand” – is a natural reflex to try and “break” a fall. However, it is also the best way to break or injure your wrist. Sports injury doctors agree that avoiding FOOSH is the key to protecting your wrists.
Learning how to fall, and teaching young athlete to learn how to break falls, without using their hands or outstretched arms can help prevent wrist injuries. Breaking a fall with the knees, hips/buttocks, or forearms instead of the hand, can help minimize the risk of a broken or injured wrist.
(2.) Strength Training to Prevent Wrist Sports Injury
Strengthening the area around the forearm, wrist and hand with targeted exercises can help athletes avoid a potential wrist injury in the future.
Strength training exercises help improve the strength of the muscles, tendons, and even the ligaments and bones.
For adults, weight machines and free weights can strengthen the joint areas, such as wrists, to help prevent sports injury. For younger athletes, exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, and jumping rope, can provide wrist strength training.
Talk to your coach, trainer, physical therapist or sports injury doctor about a strength training regimen that is right for you or your child.
(3.) Protective Gear and Taping Prevent Wrist Sports Injury
Finally, always wearing the proper protective gear is essential for any sport. Rigid ABS wrist guards can withstand falls, while newer technologies such as gel can absorb impact. Talk to your coach, trainer or sports injury doctor about the right protection for your specific sport. And, make sure your protective wrist equipment is properly sized and fitted – especially in children and teen athletes.
If you or your child has already previously experienced a wrist injury, you should also talk to your trainer, physical therapist or sports injury doctor to see if they recommend taping or bracing before games and practices to prevent re-injuring the wrist.
Bloomfield Hills Sports Injury Doctor
If you or your child has suffered from a sports injury or pain in your fingers, wrist, elbow or arm, contact Bloomfield Hills sports injury hand surgeon Doctor Rehman for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. Early detection, awareness, and a therapy & treatment plan is the most effective way to prevent long-term damage and get you back to the sport you love.
Sports Injury Doctor Dr. Rehman will assess your individual situation, and prescribe the treatments and therapies that are best for your condition.