Sports are great for kids and adults alike, building teamwork and strategy skills, and providing a fun and interactive form of exercise. Unfortunately, nearly all sports carry the risk of injury, particularly in contact-heavy sports. The nose is especially prone to injury since it is mostly made of cartilage and is a very prominent facial feature. When the nose is broken or otherwise damaged, it’s often necessary to perform nose surgery for aesthetic and functional reasons. Prevention is key! While there’s no way to prevent nasal trauma 100% of the time, here are some tips for preventing facial sports injuries.
- Wear sport-specific protective gear such as helmets and masks.
- Wear a mouth guard. These can be purchased cheaply at a drugstore or fitted by a dentist.
- Make sure all safety equipment and athletic shoes are in good condition, sturdy, and fit well.
- Be aware of any notable obstacles on the field/court that could cause injury.
- Make sure the surface is free from holes and dips that could cause injury.
- Always warm up.
Special tips for protecting children:
- Make sure children are taught to be aware of the ball and/or fellow players at all times.
- Teach children how to move to prevent injury.
- Provide adult supervision.
If your nose has suffered from trauma through a sports injury, car accident or other incident, don’t think you have to live with the scars forever. Many times, nasal scarring and disfigurement from trauma can be reduced and improved through rhinoplasty. Reconstructive rhinoplasty is a tricky surgery requiring an experienced and artistic hand, so it’s important to select a rhinoplasty expert for the surgery. Young adults can sometimes undergo a rhinoplasty; however, the nose should be fully matured, which can occur as late as 16-17. Operating before this time could necessitate a second surgery in the future.