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Now that we’re heading into summer, we have been seeing a rise in summer injuries. We highly recommend you and your families always wear any protective gear (helmets, knee pads, wrist guards ect. ) associated with the activities you do. We’ve put together a list of summer activities, the injuries most commonly associated with them, what can be done for prevention and what can be done for temporary care until you are able to get to our clinic for treatment.

Hiking & Biking Injuries

Sprains, Strains and Fractures

In hiking and biking sprains, strains and fractures are possible. These are often a result of overuse, falling, tripping or slipping on rocks and loose ground. Strains affect muscles while sprains involve ligaments and tendons (for hikers, that usually means ankles and knees). Either way, pain, swelling, or restricted range of motion, might accompany a snap or pop.

If one of these injuries occurs while out and about, they might be trip-enders. If the injury does not cause immobility, try to head home at an easy pace. If you have ice or a bandage accessible at the time, these can be used to ease swelling and pain. If the injury cause immobility, seek help and evacuate.

Cuts, Scrapes and Blisters

Similarly to sprains and strains, cuts, scrapes and blisters are often a result of falling, tripping or slipping on rocks and loose ground, or ill-fitting equipment.

To prevent, try to watch your step, use hiking poles if necessary. Use a slow pace if you are unsure about your balance. Make sure you are wearing properly fitting shoes. If you are prone to blisters, try taping the areas that you usually get blisters in before your trek.

If one suffer a wound while on the trail, clean it with water. If you have a small first aid kit handy (recommended), use an antibacterial ointment and bandage to secure it until you are able to properly address the wound. If it is a deep cut with heavy bleeding, it might be time to end that hike and head to one of our clinics.

Reactions to poisonous plants

This can happen from simply brushing up against a poisonous plant. To prevent this from happening learn to ID the area’s dangerous vegetation. Wear long pants and sleeves when walking through underbrush, and avoid touching those clothes and wash them post trip. Always stay on designated trails, and do not touch or eat any plants/berries you are unfamiliar with.

To temporarily relieve reactions to poisonous plants, immediately wash or rinse the affected area. Avoid scratching, which can cause infection or spread oils. Topical cortisone or antihistimine can be applied to soothe itching. If the rash/blisters are severe or lookinfected (oozing, swelling, heat, and spreading red lines), you should end your hike immediately and visit one of our clinics for treatment.

Scooter & Skateboard Injuries

Sprains, Strains & Fractures

With scootering and skateboarding, especially in skateparks, sprains, sprains and fractures are common. These typically are a result of collision with other skaters/scooters or failed tricks and stunts.

Wearing protective gear, such as knee pads and wrist guards can help prevent injuries. Additionally, be aware and cautious of your or your child’s surroundings. If the skate park is busy, especially with a lot of advanced or older riders, be careful. While most times older or more advanced riders will keep an eye out for you or your child, you also need to be safe and respectful and make sure you are not in anyone’s way. Beginners should be aware of their abilities, and only try what they are comfortable with, trying a new trick or playing on a new feature in the skatepark may cause injury if you’re not careful.

If one of these injuries occurs at a skatepark or while riding around the neighborhood. You or your child should take a break and assess the injury. If you have transportation, you can visit one of our clinics for treatment.

Concussions & Head Injuries

These typically are a result of collision with other skaters/scooters or failed tricks and stunts.

The best way to prevent a concussion or head injury is to wear a helmet!

If you experience a concussion, you should stop activity immediately. If the concussion is minor, Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is happy to help with treatment! Unfortunately if it is a sever concussion, this might require a trip to the hospital or ER for more extensive treatment. The same rule of thumb applies to head injuries, if you suffer a minor cut that require stitches a trip to urgent care is right for you. However if you are experiencing severe bleeding from the head, a trip to the ER or hospital might be necessary.

Cuts, Scrapes & Blisters

These typically are a result of collision with other skaters/scooters or failed tricks and stunts.

These can be treated with bandages and antibacterial cream. If the wound is deeper, consider a trip to urgent care for proper wound bandaging and stitches if necessary

Trampoline Injuries

Sprains, fractures and concussions resulting from using a trampoline are typically from:

  • Falls on the trampoline mat, frame, or springs
  • Collisions with other jumpers
  • Failed stunts
  • Falls off the trampoline

There are ways to help prevent injury. Be sure to cover the springs with padding to help prevent falls on the springs. Periodically inspect the padding for tears and the springs and frames for rust. To limit collisions with other jumpers set a strict “only one jumper”. An enclosure around the trampoline can help limit falls. Placing the trampoline away from trees and off of hard surfaces like rocks and concrete is also recommended. Ideally, you would want to place the trampoline as close to the ground as possible, but this may not be an option. We also recommend limiting trampoline use to children aged 6 and older. Limiting stunts like sumersaults and flips may also decrease the likelihood of injury. Adult supervision is an added security.

If you or your family suffer an injury this summer, remember Platte River Medical Clinic is here for you! Click here to schedule you next visit.

Sources:backpacker.com