Dealing with common acute injuries


Photo taken by yearbook crew member.

Jessie Santiago Jr, Staff Writer

Common acute injuries among young athletes include contusions (bruises), sprains (a partial or complete tear of a ligament), strains (a partial or complete tear of a muscle or tendon), fractures (broken bones) and concussions.

“What am I going to do?” Kobe Bender said. “How long is going to be?”

Kobe Bender suffered a season ending knee injury on September 30th during a game against Richards High School.

“I was scared, confused, and lost,” Kobe said.

Many high school athletes feel like this whenever they get injured. This why here at Argo we have an Athletic Trainers Department for high school athletes. They help high school athletes whenever there’s an injury, treatment plans, assessments, health conditions, etc.

“High school ATs are often the first point of contact for any injury, illness, or ailment a student-athlete may have,” according to Dr. Matthew Smitley, from the University of Idaho.

If a student gets injured in their sport what will happen to them? They can worsen their injury and it can lead to even worse problems. If it’s a knee injury, there needs to be an athletic trainer on standby, so they don’t worsen it.

“In the High School setting, ATs are often able to render care, therapeutic exercises, and apply therapeutic modalities for patients on-site. These interventions can help facilitate and even speed up the healing process for many injuries,” according to Dr. Matthew Smitley.

The importance of athletic trainers is immense in high school sports. Students get injured every day. Whether it’s just a cramp, muscle strain, or torn muscle. They’re needed in all high schools.

“In case anyone gets hurt, [athletic trainers] are the first response team at Argo for athletes,” Kobe said.