Physical Therapists Offer Tips For Injury Prevention
Physical therapists address the importance of injury prevention in youth sports during April's National Youth Sports Safety Month with "Injury Prevention for Youth Sports".
"Because sports are becoming increasingly competitive and children tend to be less aware of their physical limitations, it is especially important that parents and coaches are aware of preventive measures that children can take with proper conditioning and correct body mechanics," said Cindy Miles, PT, MEd, PCS, chair of the Pediatrics Sports-Fitness Special Interest Group of the APTA Section on Pediatrics.
The interactive health center offers information about injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, as well as downloadable exercises for children who play basketball and baseball. The Consumer Web page also features "Find a PT," a searchable database of physical therapist members of APTA for consumers looking for a physical therapist in their communities.
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.