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Winter sport is upon us: Here’s how to prevent injuries

It’s winter sport season – and yes, that means freezing early Saturday mornings heading to the footy field, but it also means more injuries.

According to specialist sports physiotherapist and APA member, Dr Loretta O’Sullivan-Pippia, it’s usually this time of year where we see an increase in nasty injuries in children.

And while children under the age of 12 are prone to tendon injury and over 12 usually present to the ER with ankle sprains and patellofemoral pain (knee cap pain), the most common injury in kids during this time of year is actually concussion.

“During the winter sports season for school sports in Brisbane in 2018, the number one injury we saw in the med room was concussion – this accounted for almost one-third of all injuries,” Loretta tells Kidspot.

“85 percent of injuries were due to contact and collision. This was followed by injuries to the knee (12 percent) and shoulder injuries (six percent). Soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains and contusions) sat at 25 percent.”

Girls in school uniform playing netball in the school yard

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