The situation is all too familiar for student athletes in Big Horn County and beyond. Check in for the game, go up for a layup, hear the pop and feel searing pain. While the student athlete’s season may be over, the real danger may be lurking in the recovery.
According to the Athletic Training Association (NATA), 90% of student athletes report sustaining some sort of sports-related injury. With an eye popping 54% reporting they play while injured. Sadly, for a host of reasons, sports-related injuries are increasingly leaving our youth at risk of exposure to opioid-based pain medication.
Helping an injured athlete includes supporting the mind, body, and soul.
Some suggestions include:
An athletic injury frequently has profound negative consequences on the physical health of an athlete and can also cause a great deal of psychological distress—evoking anger, depression, anxiety, tension, fear, and lower self-esteem. Mood disturbances are especially apparent among competitive athletes who are seriously injured. Such functional loss, or the inability to continue team participation, can be devastating and cause difficulties in coping with the injury—cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally.
Always ensure that you consult a doctor prior to your youth taking medication, especially high-powered, opioid-based painkillers. The odds they'll still be on opioids a year after starting a short course increase after only five days.
If an athlete, or anyone else in your home, is prescribed and needs medication ensure: