If you have an athlete, there is going to come a time where they get injured. Ankle injuries are VERY common and can happen when you least expect it. So how do you know if it is a sprain or a break?
That photo is of my daughter’s ankle a few weeks ago. She had just finished cheer season and was returning to the dance studio. She did three classes and in the final 15 minutes of her last class of the night she did a leap – like the ones she has been doing since she was little – and for some strange reason she just landed wrong and ended up in a heap on the floor.
Her ankle swelled IMMEDIATELY (this is a clue).
I have been around kids and sports long enough to know that if an injury swells up immediately, you do not play the wait and see game. You go directly to the Emergency Room. No questions asked. GO.
When we got to the ER they immediately did x-rays and the x-ray did not reveal a break of any kind, so they diagnosed it as a sprain, gave her an air cast and sent her home.
I also know that the ER does not always get things right and that their job is to care for the critically injured/sick and as far as they were concerned this is not critical.
The next day I called the Pediatric Sports Medicine Orthopedic group that we have used in the past and they definitely wanted to see her. They took a look at the same x-rays, spent some time talking with her, examining the injured area and they came back with a different diagnosis. Yes, there was a hairline fracture and significant soft tissue damage and she was best treated by putting her leg in a cast for three weeks.
In the end, there is no way you as a parent or a coach can diagnose a sprain versus a break yourself. Yes, there are some indicators – such as swelling, ability or inability to move the affected area, pain levels – but when in doubt, get it checked out. It could be the difference in your child returning to play in a few weeks versus dealing with months of recurring injuries, pain and discomfort.
My daughter is sporting a nice pink cast for the next few weeks, but I am confident that once it is removed, she will be healed and ready to get right back to cheering for basketball and for dance.
It is finally here – that day your gymnast’s coach says she is ready for her first optional floor routine and her own floor music! Chances are she already has lots of ideas as to the music she wants to use – after all, from the time they are little, every gymnast listens to music with the idea that one day she will have her own floor music and every song is a “potential” routine!
So, how do you go about getting your daughter’s floor music?
1. Talk with her coach first! Every coach has personal preferences as to what kind of music their gymnasts use – for example, some coaches want the new optional gymnasts to start with a classical piece of music. Your coach may also have a preferred source for the music as well.
2. Start with one of the sites that SPECIALIZES in gymnastics music. Sites like Floor Express Music and Energym have been around for YEARS and have a proven track record of obtaining rights legally, making the best music cuts and providing top notch customer service. Have your daughter listen to LOTS of music and write down the tunes that she likes. She can then share that list with her coach and they can choose the perfect piece together.
3. Purchase her music. This may seem obvious, but you need to PURCHASE floor music. You can not just pick something from YouTube or iTunes, make your own mix and send your daughter out to perform it. Take a minute and read Energym’s tips on staying legal in your floor music quest – Don’t Be a Pirate – it is comprehensive and important to understand.
Once your daughter and her coach have agreed on her music, the fun part can start – getting it choreographed! And that is another post of its own.
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Looking for gift ideas for the sporty girl in your life? We have found 10 guaranteed to be a hit gifts that you should be able to find any time of the year. The list was curated by my 15 year old daughter who is a cheerleader, runs recreationally, loves to dance and has a great sense of style. Something tells me this may be her birthday list… 😉
1. Women’s Charged Cotton® Storm Hoodie– $41
2. Adidas Condivo Training Pants– $45
3. Nike Free TR III Printed Training Shoe– $100
4. Nike Pro Women’s Sports Bra– $30
5. Leopard Printed Earbuds– $15
6. Under Armour Headbands-$10
7. Nike Elite Socks-$14
8. Under Armour T-Shirt– $22
9. Victoria’s Secret PINK Water Bottle– $14.50
10. Adidas Sling Bag– $26
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If she plays a particular sport, you can always find more ideas in our Get the Gear pages where we have ideas for every athlete from your gymnasts, volleyball players, basketball players and more!