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Tips for Preventing Common Sports Injuries in Kids

Posted on: by Kate
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me as a Thrive Ambassador on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. I am not a doctor and do not provide individual medical advice. Please consult your doctor before making any medical decisions. All opinions are 100% my own.

preventing common sports injuries in kids

Our kids are probably a lot like your kids.  Sports, dance, and outside play all keep them active and healthy.  As they get older and more active we are doing our best to keep them safe while they play.  Preventing sports injuries in our kids is at the top of our priority list this season. As a Thrive Ambassador for Kaiser Permanente Orange County I was able to speak with an orthopedic specialist Dr. Brent Davis about ways to help have a happy and healthy sports season.

Traumatic injuries like ACL tears are very common in many sports like soccer, American football, and Baseball. Doctor Brent Davis, an orthopedic specialist at Kaiser says it is their goal to treat these injuries.  Treating ACL tears, other traumatic injuries from sports, and overuse is something they do very well at Kaiser.  While treatment is excellent, preventing injuries is what we agree is best.  He shared a few tips to help your sporty kid be as prepared as they can be before they hit the field.

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All three of our kids are playing soccer this season.  Dr. Davis said that a very common injury with soccer players is ACL tears.  He mentioned that for many reasons ACL tears are up in ‘epidemic proportions’ in female teen soccer players.  ACL tears are rising among all soccer players, but he shared that teen female players are having more and more injuries than ever before.  While he says that he and his team at Kaiser are able to treat this injury very effectively, prevention is always better.

There is good news! Dr. Davis shared that Kaiser Permanente of Orange County has an initiative to help more kids avoid this terrible injury. When athletes use the FIFA 11+ program correctly  risk for ACL tears can be reduced up to 25%.  Twenty five percent is a dramatic reduction and I am taking it seriously. He stressed that not all coaches are using this program.

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Professionals are urging coaches to commit a small amount of practice time to this series of exercises.  Parents can always ask their coaches to consider adding FIFA 11+ to their work out if it is not already part of the plan. Soccer practices are almost always a full plate, many coaches still feel practice is too busy to add this in. Should your coach remain unmoved by your request there is nothing that stops players from the recommended exercises at home.  Motivating kids to be consistent may be an entirely different issue, but the option is there!

The video below shares a bit about FIFA 11+

While FIFA 11+ has been known to reduce risk, Dr. Davis did stress that where there are high intensity sports there will be injuries. While we can’t avoid the risk entirely, our family is happy to have found something to simply help reduce the risk of this common sports injury in our kids.  We would like to keep our athletes on the field and not in a hospital room as long as possible.

Convincing kids to work out seems to be the biggest hurdle for most families.  Kids have their off days, they can be stubborn, and they don’t think an injury will actually happen to them. Dr. Davis agrees that it is hard to encourage kids but stresses that parents of athletes should encourage their players to take these steps to reduce their risk of injury. We plan on rewarding our kids for being proactive and doing their FIFA 11+ exercises without prompting.  I am not above withholding media privileges until exercises are done either!

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Soccer is fairly new to our family and I am thankful to have some tools to give our kids the best chance.  I am thankful for Kaiser Permanente Orange County for encouraging prevention and encouraging us to thrive.  I encourage you to speak with your doctors before your kids start sports for advice on how to prevent sports injuries too!  Thank you Dr. Davis for taking the time to explain FIFA 11+ and making me aware of the risks associated with sports. We promise to play safe!


Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 15 Responses
  1. Saffron says:

    Great write up! Will be sharing with our soccer team!

  2. Kelly says:

    Interesting! We are at the beginning of the organized sports journey here with our kiddos, so helpful stuff to keep in mind. Plus, when I watched the movie concussion I was like unmmm yeaaahhhh, why don’t you play tennis or something instead, Keaton?!

    • kate says:

      I know! Scary right?! But with Tennis you gotta work at preventing Tennis elbow 😉 – we are thinking maybe we stick with chess – haha!

  3. Ashlene says:

    Thank you so much for this information. This is very very helpful! 🙂

  4. Suzanne Tyner says:

    Thanks for the article Kate. My kiddos are just getting back into sports again after taking a break. Good info to keep in mind to keep them safe and healthy. 🙂

    • kate says:

      Thank you Suzanne – we are just getting back into sports too and it was good timing for this reminder – our kids are big now and kids play so aggressively – we gotta be safe =)

  5. Michelle says:

    Spot on! As a mom of four athletes, proper training IS preventative medicine. Have fun and play hard, but safety first, always.

  6. Gayle says:

    Thanks for this! I’ve even showed it to my son who coaches girl’s softball as well as serving on their board. Simple tips to help keep kids safe is always appreciated!

    • kate says:

      Thank you!! I hope it is helpful – Dr Davis was so kind to share so much information – I hope it helps at least a few kids prevent an unnecessary injury.

  7. Laura says:

    My kids have have played soccer since they were 3, so this is super helpful! My husband has always coached them both (until my son moved to club soccer this year). I’m going to ask him if he does this with his teams! Thank you!

    • kate says:

      I hope it is helpful! Sadly our coach doesn’t take the time (they have a short practice) so we are trying to incentivize our kids to do it at home. Thanks for stopping by. =)

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