Keeping Kids Safe and Strong During Sports

Keeping Kids Safe and Strong During Sports

As children dive into the world of sports, it’s natural for parents and coaches to want to see them excel and enjoy the game. However, ensuring their safety and well-being should always be the top priority. Sports injuries can be not only painful but also have long-term consequences, affecting a child’s ability to participate in their favorite activities. Here are some essential tips for preventing sports injuries in kids:

1. Proper Warm-up and Stretching: Before any physical activity, ensure that kids engage in a thorough warm-up routine. This helps prepare their muscles, tendons, and ligaments for the demands of exercise and reduces the risk of strains and sprains. Incorporating dynamic stretches that mimic the movements of the sport can be particularly beneficial.
2. Focus on Technique: Emphasize the importance of proper technique and form in sports training. Teaching children correct movement patterns not only enhances their performance but also reduces the likelihood of overuse injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances.
3. Use Appropriate Gear: Make sure children wear appropriate protective gear for their sport, such as helmets, pads, and supportive footwear. Properly fitting equipment can help prevent head injuries, fractures, and other traumatic injuries.
4. Hydration and Nutrition: Encourage kids to stay hydrated before, during, and after physical activity. Proper hydration supports optimal muscle function and helps regulate body temperature. Additionally, promote a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to fuel their bodies for peak performance and recovery.
5. Listen to Their Bodies: Teach children to listen to their bodies and recognize the signs of fatigue, pain, or discomfort. Encourage them to speak up if something doesn’t feel right and emphasize the importance of rest and recovery when needed.
6. Gradual Progression: Avoid sudden spikes in training intensity or volume. Gradually increase the duration and intensity of workouts to allow the body to adapt and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Following the 10% rule—where training load is increased by no more than 10% per week—can help prevent overtraining and burnout.
7. Encourage Cross-Training: Encourage children to participate in a variety of sports and activities to promote overall athleticism and reduce the risk of overuse injuries. Cross-training engages different muscle groups and movement patterns, helping prevent imbalances and overuse of specific muscles.
8. Promote Rest and Recovery: Ensure that children have adequate rest days built into their training schedule. Rest is essential for muscle repair and growth, as well as preventing overuse injuries. Encourage active recovery activities, such as gentle stretching or low-impact exercises, on rest days.
9. Educate Coaches and Parents: Educate coaches and parents about the importance of injury prevention strategies and proper sportsmanship. Emphasize the value of balanced competition and the long-term health benefits of prioritizing safety over winning at all costs.

By implementing these proactive measures, we can create a safer and more enjoyable sports experience for children, allowing them to pursue their athletic passions while minimizing the risk of injury. Let’s empower our young athletes to play hard, play smart, and stay injury-free for years to come.

If you have any questions about sports injuries or any other health issue, contact the Pediatric Center for an appointment. At the Pediatric Center, we want to give you and your child the best care you can get. We offer in-house x-rays as well as extended hours on nights and weekends so we can give you the treatment you need, when you need it. Contact us at our Idaho Falls location at (208) 523-3060 or our Rigby location (208) 745-8927, to set up your appointment. We have a wonderful team of providers available for all of your children’s needs! 




RSV Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention!

RSV Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention!

RSV (or  (or respiratory syncytial virus) is one of the many viruses that cause respiratory illness―illnesses of the nose, throat and lungs. Typically, RSV causes a cold which may or may not be followed by a a lower respiratory tract infection (bronchiolitis) or pneumonia. Symptoms usually last about 5-7 days. Almost all children get RSV at least once before they are 2 years old. For most healthy children, RSV is like a cold. But, some children get very sick with RSV.

Cold Symptoms Vs. Bronchiolitis

Cold symptoms may include fevers, wet or dry coughs, congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and fussiness or poor feeding in babies. Bronchiolitis can include the cold symptoms plus fast breathing, flaring of the nostrils, head bobbing with breathing, rhythmic grunting during breathing, belly breathing, tugging between the ribs and/or lower neck, and wheezing. Watch your child’s rib cage as they inhale. If you see it “caving in” and forming an upside-down “V” shape under the neck, they are working too hard to breathe.

    Infants at Greater Risk of RSV

    • 12 weeks old or younger at the start of RSV season
    • Premature or low birth weight infants (especially those born before 29 weeks gestation)
    • Chronic lung disease of prematurity
    • Babies with certain types of heart defects
    • Additional risk factos include mother smoking or being around secondhand smoke, history of allergies and eczema, not breasteeding, and being around children in a child care setting.

    At The Pediatric Center

    Call the Pediatric Center right away if your child develops any symptoms of bronchiolitis, symptoms of dehydration, pauses or difficulty breathing, gray or blue color to tongue, lips, or skin, or significantly decreased activity and alertness. Your Pediatric Center provider can diagnose your child by doing a physical exam, nasal swab test, or even a chest x-ray or oxygen saturation test to check for lung congestion in severe cases.


    Treatment for RSV is similar to the treatment you would give your child if they had a bad cold. To make them feel more comfortable:

    • Use nasal saline with gentle suctioning to allow easier breathing and feeding.
    • Run a cool-mist humidifier to help break up mucus and allow easier breathing.
    • Make sure they stay hydrated with fluids and frequent feedings. Try to suction baby’s nose before feeding.
    • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (if older than 6 months) can be used to help with low-grade fevers. Always avoid aspirin and cough and cold medications in babies and young children.


    RSV is spread just like any other common-cold virus through direct person-to-person contact with saliva, mucus, or nasal discharge. To prevent RSV, limit your child’s exposure to crowds, other children, and anyone who is sick. Disinfect objects and surfaces in your home regularly, and feed your baby breastmilk which has unique antibodies to prevent and fight infections. One of the best things you can do to prevent RSV or any other illness is to WASH YOUR HANDS! Scrub for at least 20 seconds with soap and water! 

    Call The Pediatric Center

    At the Pediatric Center, we want to give you and your child the best information and diagnosis, you can get. If you are noticing any severe cold or bronchiolitis symptoms in your child, don’t hesitate to call your doctor at the Pediatric Center. You can contact us at our Idaho Falls location at (208) 523-3060 or our Rigby location (208) 745-8927, to set up your appointment.


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