We see and treat a large number of injuries like joint sprains and fractures, in addition to closed head injuries and mild concussions at Lakes Urgent Care. As the rates of participation increase across all pediatric populations, the total number of injuries we see is increasing as well. In general, it seems that the level of competition has become more intense. Many parents and students recognize the opportunities for scholarship dollars if they can elevate their skills to that “next level” for collegiate play. As a result, kids no longer play for a season, but frequently play year-round and that really increases the risk of injury.
Each sport brings its own particular types of injuries. Specific to soccer, we most commonly see lower extremity problems like foot, ankle and knee injuries. They can range from minor sprains and strains of soft tissue and muscle to more serious fractures or ligamentous ruptures requiring surgical repair.