5 Most Common High School Wrestling Injuries
When you have a group of large, muscled young men in the prime of their lives flipping each other over, pinning each other to a mat and twisting around like pretzels, what could possibly go wrong? Well, actually a lot can go wrong.
High school sports injuries from wrestling are quite common. Although most programs try to limit possible injuries and have emergency personnel standing by during matches, accidents and injuries do happen. Here are some of the most common five common high school injuries from wrestling.
Knee injuries can affect the interior or exterior ligaments of the knee and kneecap. These ligaments are the ACL and the PCL. Another common injury to the knee occurs to the cartilage inside the knee cap known as the menisci. These injuries can influence a player’s ability to play long term.
While immediate medical attention is sought, there will be treatment and follow-up doctor’s appointments over a longer period that can include physical therapy and in extreme cases, surgery. Players can make a recovery if they attend to the injury and follow the doctor’s advice.
It’s not surprising that shoulder injuries occur when you see these players wrestling on the ground and throwing each other on the ground. Known as the labrum, this is the padding in the socket that protects the shoulder joint. Twisting and using the shoulder as leverage leaves it open to rotator cuff injuries, shoulder separation and shoulder dislocation.
Other common shoulder injuries include the acromioclavicular joint. If your wrestler experiences a shoulder injury, he needs immediate medical attention and later follow-up treatment that ranges from physical therapy to surgery for extensive injuries. With hard work and complete adherence to the doctor’s instructions, your teen can heal and return the shoulder to full use.
You already know that your teenage wrestler thinks that he’s invincible. For this reason, he might ignore his body’s early warnings of a problem and push himself even harder. This can be anything from a knee twinges, backaches and shoulder pain.
This overuse has its own syndrome, overtraining syndrome. In many cases, once it’s diagnosed, a training program can strengthen the muscles and help the body recover after use of the muscle groups. However, it’s essential that a doctor diagnoses the problem and oversees the recovery program.
Since concussions are brain injuries, it can be one of the scariest sports injuries that happen to high school wrestlers. It is also the most serious of the sports injuries. A concussion occurs when the brain slams back and forth inside the skull. This can be a minor concussion, or the injury can include bruising and bleeding on the brain. In extreme cases, there can be swelling in the brain, which can lead to emergency surgery.
At a minimum, you can expect your teen to need a CAT scan at the emergency room. If the injuries are serious enough, your teen might need occupational or physical therapy. Be aware that really bad concussions can lead to death. If you suspect that your teen is experiencing a concussion after a practice or game, make sure that you seek immediate medical attention. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Bruises, Scrapes, and Cuts
These three injuries are really the most common injuries you can expect your wrestler to experience. There’s a lot of bumping and banging that goes on during practice and matches so it’s not surprising that your wrestler will come home with a variety of bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Most of these won’t require any medical care other than first aid. If a cut appears deep enough, you may want to take your wrestler to urgent care for a second opinion.
At Affiliated Healthcare, we offer world-class doctors that are ready to help manage your high school student’s recovery from a wrestling injury. We’re ready to create a treatment plan for the injury and help them each step of the way. Contact us today to make an appointment.