Teen Health Series

Sports Injuries Information for Teens, 4th Ed.

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Sports Injuries Information For Teens, Fourth Edition, offers teens a comprehensive, fact-based guide to being a healthy athlete. It includes guidelines for participating safely in sports and avoiding injury. It also discusses how to deal with injuries when they do occur. It explains diagnostic and treatment procedures and discusses issues related to rehabilitation, including suggestions for making decisions about returning to play. The book concludes with directories of resources for more information about sports-related injuries and fitness.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Health Tips For Student Athletes focuses on the important choices sports participants make about healthy lifestyles. It discusses choosing the right sports, sports physicals, basic nutrition, emotional issues, substance abuse, and mental health among athletes.

Part II: Sports Safety And Injury Prevention summarizes guidelines for achieving and maintaining a level of fitness necessary to help avoid injuries. It describes the proper use of important protective equipment, including various types of helmets, eye protectors, and mouth guards. This part also offers specific safety tips for many popular sports. It also speaks about preventing sports injuries.

Part III: Diagnosing And Treating Common Sports Injuries explains the differences between acute and chronic injuries, and it discusses problems associated with extreme heat conditions. It also describes the symptoms, treatment, and management of injuries that may occur among athletes, including sprains, strains, broken bones, concussions, and other injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system and soft tissues.

Part IV: Caring For Injured Athletes offers facts about the rehabilitation process, beginning with immediate care during the first moments after injury. It describes the important role of athletic trainers in helping assess and prevent injuries, offers suggestions for choosing a doctor and making medical decisions, and provides tips for caring for casts and splints. Guidelines for returning to play are presented, and the part concludes with information about the connection between sports injuries and the potential for the later development of arthritis.

Part V: If You Need More Information offers resource directories of organizations able to provide more information about traumatic and chronic sports-related injuries and fitness and exercise.