Friday, September 23, 2011

Dr. STITCH Safety Tips for Soccer Moms

New York, September 22, 2011 – The fall intramural soccer season is “off and kicking” on Long Island and in schools and parks across the U.S.  Kids who enjoy playing soccer and parents who shuttle back and forth from the games every weekend should be aware of a few safety tips so their children don’t end up with unnecessary injuries.

“Taking basic precautions can avoid turning a fun and healthy activity into a trip to the ER,” commented Dr. Rachel A. Ruotolo, craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon and partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, which offers a 24-hour emergency plastic surgery service, Dr.
STITCH™. “Obviously, a hospital is the last place any parent or child wants to be following a soccer game.”

Dr.STITCH™ recommends the following tips for a safe and enjoyable fall soccer season:

•Shin guards are required and the only form of body protection that is
worn when playing soccer.  Be sure they are properly fitted to protect the lower legs.
•Warm up before each practice and game. Cold muscles are more prone to

•Stretching also helps to prevent soccer related injury. This reduces
both muscular imbalance and tightness.

•If there is any type of head injury, take caution, a lot of times people
get right back up and on the field. The symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not be apparent right away. The most common symptoms are headache, amnesia, dizziness and confusion.

•Be prepared moms and carry your own first aid kit with instant cold
packs, wraps, bandages, and bacitracin.

Dr. Ruotolo adds, “Parents should keep in mind that although injuries can be part of the game, you should be prepared for the unexpected, but most importantly, have fun.”
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