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Nobody wants to lose valuable training time, or take time off during a sports season, and (frankly) our culture glamorizes playing through the pain, so it’s often easier to just sit back and ignore it. However, injuries left untreated can make matters worse and even lead to long-term issues.
One thing’s for sure: That spill you took hurt. But does the pain require immediate attention from a specialist? Maybe it can wait for a scheduled appointment. It can be tough to tell.
Parents remind us every day how difficult it can be to identify whether a child is experiencing short-term pain and soreness versus suffering from an injury requiring immediate medical attention. These four questions (and two tips!) should help.
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