Common Sports Injuries for Adolescents
Sports provide children with a broad array of health benefits and can teach them discipline, teamwork, and responsibility. On the other hand, athletic activity can also raise the risk for certain injuries. By knowing in advance the most common types of sports injuries, parents can utilize precautions to help keep their kids safe, and they will have a better understanding of when to see one of our experienced orthopaedic specialists. In the event a problem develops, we offer a comprehensive range of minimally invasive treatment options designed specifically for the unique needs of the young.
Occurring suddenly, acute injuries may occur when two athletes run into each other or when a player runs into or is struck by an object. Common examples of acute injuries include bruises, ligament tears (sprains), muscle and tendon strains, and fractures.
Although they usually are associated with older individuals, overuse injuries can occur with adolescents as well. Pain and reduced function can develop over time as a result of repetitive motion, such as throwing a ball, swinging a bat, and swimming. Gymnasts are particularly prone to wrist and elbow concerns. Overuse injuries typically present as stress fractures, strained ligaments and muscles, and similar problems.
Growth Plate Injuries
Throughout adolescence, bones grow by developing soft cartilage at the ends that eventually harden and turn to bone. While still soft, these areas are more prone to damage due to sports injuries, which could in turn lead to bone deformities or other growth problems. Contact and high impact sports present the greatest risk, although any activity could be the cause of growth plate injuries.
If you have additional questions about common sports injuries for adolescents, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled orthopaedic physicians, please contact our office today.