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How Urgent Care Can Treat Youth Sports Injuries

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As the 2023 school year approaches, many parents and their children are gearing up for the upcoming sports season. Here’s how Next Level Urgent Care can treat your child should they sustain an injury. 

Put Your Game Face On!

Sports are a great way for kids to stay active, healthy, and make friends in their community. Especially among high school aged youth, sports are also a great way to encourage school spirit and comradery. Fall also kicks off contact sports like football, which can spark an uptick in youth sports injuries. 

Even the most experienced athletes can get injured on the field. Stanford Medicine reports that over 3.5 million teens a year (on average) sustain sports injuries during the school year. With this statistic in mind, it’s important to be ready for anything, especially when it comes to immediate care. We have you covered at Next Level.

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Urgent Care And Youth Sports Injuries

Each year, millions of dollars are spent on emergency room visits for matters that could have been treated at an urgent care, and sports injuries are no different. Broken bones are among the most common injuries and illnesses sustained in contact sports, which Next Level can treat in house from start to finish. Here are other common injuries we can treat on-site:

  • Head and facial injuries, including concussions.
  • Broken bones and fractures.
  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Lacerations and damages to skin. 
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Burns from objects or prolonged sun exposure. 

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Benefits of Utilizing Urgent Care

While many parents rush their child to an emergency room after a sustained sports injury, visiting an urgent care clinic (rather than an emergency room) has various practical benefits, such as:

  • Convenient hours: Urgent care centers are typically open 7 days a week, evenings, and weekends. At Next Level, our clinics are open everyday until 9pm. 
  • Fast treatment: Urgent care providers are able to see patients quickly and get them the care they need, usually faster than emergency rooms. 
  • Affordable care: Urgent care is much more affordable than a trip to the ER for the same level of care.
  • Experienced providers: Urgent care providers are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries, including youth sports injuries.

Come Prepared For Your Visit

  • Bring your child’s insurance card and any other relevant medical information.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the injury, such as how it happened, when it happened, and what symptoms your child is experiencing.
  • Have a list ready of all medications your child is taking.
  • Follow the provider’s instructions for care, such as using ice and compression.
  • Bring your child back to the urgent care center if their symptoms do not improve or get worse.

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