Parents: How to spot spring sports injuries

MISHAWAKA The spring sports season is right around the corner. Kids are gearing up to hit the batting cages and lace up their track shoes, as more parents are starting to worry about how to prevent injuries.

Spring sports like baseball, softball and track can all lead to elbow, knee and shoulder injuries. Area trainer, John Coddington, of South Bend Orthopaedics, hopes to change the numbers, by offering parents and coaches more resources through a free seminar.

"What we are trying to do is get coaches, parents, athletes, student trainers, aware of the different injuries they are going to come into contact with in spring sports," said Coddington.

"We're trying to provide an avenue where at least somebody who has some basic knowledge of sometimes what not to do instead of what to do, in an emergency situation, is there. And they can render help to the coaches," said Coddington.

Area high schools have licensed trainers on staff during sporting events, but middle schools and elementary kids do not. That means if someone is injured, it may be sometime before they receive proper care.

"If the healing process is disrupted and you continue to practice or you continue to play unprotected or you play when you shouldn't," said Coddington, "then it goes from a mild or a minor type injury to a moderate type injury or a grade 2. Then it can progress to what we call a grade 3, and a grade 3 sometimes you have to worry about surgical intervention."

The Acute Sports Injury Recognition and Management sports seminar is on Wednesday, March 12 from 6-10 p.m. at the South Bend Orthopaedics Location off Elm Road, in Mishawaka.

For more information, and to RSVP, click here.

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