As a parent, you love to see your kids play with heart—but you hate to see them hurting. If you’ve ever seen your kid black and blue after an injury on the playing field or sore and aching after a fierce competition, you want to help them feel better. So how can you encourage your kids to follow their athletic passions while keeping them out of pain?
Are Sports Safe for Children?
Sports pose risks. In fact, sports injuries are the second leading cause of visits to the emergency room for children.1 In children and adolescents up to the age of 19, sports and recreation-related injuries account for 2.6 million visits to the emergency room every year.2 They also lead to approximately 5 million more visits to primary care physicians—and that’s on top of injuries not seen by a doctor.3 If you consider that 38 million children each year participate in organized sports and about over 7.5 million are treated every year for sports injuries, it’s clear that the odds of your child getting hurt are relatively high.
Of course, there’s a positive side to sports. Playing sports supports physical fitness, which is a key to preventing childhood obesity and related diseases. Athletic activities are also a great way to build social skills and heighten a child’s sense of general well-being.4 Overall, sports are probably good for your child if he or she is having fun and if best practices to prevent injury are observed and followed. The National Institutes of Health offers some guidelines for keeping your young athlete safe. These include well-trained coaching staff, warm-ups and cool-downs, proper gear, and adequate hydration.5
Try Arnica for Pain Relief and Bruise Treatment
Athletic activities can lead to all kinds of minor aches and pains that can be effectively treated at home with one of the world’s most popular natural remedies: Arnica montana. Homeopathic Arnica is a plant-based medicine that has been used for hundreds of years to treat bruising, swelling, and pain. For young athletes, it can help relieve pain from these common problems:
Kids take knocks that make bruises just about inevitable, from falls on the playground to rough contact sports. Bruises happen when blood vessels break under the skin, causing discoloration and tenderness. Arnica is renowned for its ability to help heal bruises faster, at every age.
When we push our muscles harder than they’re used to, or use them in new ways, they get sore. You can expect sore or achy muscles after an unusually intense workout or a big game. Homeopathic Arnica helps to relieve that muscle pain, making it a go-to remedy for many serious athletes, coaches, and trainers.
When taken in the early stages of a minor injury, like a strain, Arnica can ease your child’s immediate pain, swelling, and discomfort, as well as speed recovery.6 It’s best to take Arnica as soon as possible after the injury. Make sure to also follow recommended first aid procedures, such as RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and seek medical care if needed.
Tips For Treating Young Athletes with Arnica
- Keep homeopathic Arnica ready on hand. It’s most effective when used as soon as possible after a minor injury or overexertion. You may want to keep Arnica remedies in your medicine cabinet, car, or purse, or supply them for your child’s gym bag or locker.
- Homeopathic Arnica remedies are available in topical forms, like gels or creams, or as tablets that dissolve in your mouth. Topical Arnica may be all you need for minor bruises and slight injuries. For internal pains, you may see greater benefit from using Arnica tablets, or a combination of both forms.7
- Before using an Arnica product on your child, be sure to check the appropriate ages for use. Age ranges may be 2 and older, 6 and older, or 12 and older, but every product is different.
- Arnica ointment is available in a kid-friendly stick form that you can just rub onto the spot that hurts.
- Arnica ointment should not be applied to broken skin.
- Homeopathic Arnica tablets have no known side effects and are recommended for children ages two and up. Topical Arnica may occasionally cause a minor allergic reaction.
- To prevent soreness and pain, it’s recommended to take homeopathic Arnica tablets both before and after a workout.