Adolescent Sports Injuries
With so many adolescents participating in organized sports, injuries are becoming more prevalent. Injuries fall into two categories: accidents and chronic overuse injuries. Open growth plates along with bones, muscles and tendons that are still developing cause adolescents to be more prone to injuries. Poor biomechanics and muscle imbalance also contribute.
Common sports injuries in adolescents
- Osgood Schlatter Disease causes knee pain
- Patello femoral Disease causes knee pain mostly in runners
- Ankle Sprains
- Shoulder pain
- Little League Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis
- Calcaneal apophysitis or Sever’s Disease
Goals of therapy include decreasing pain, increasing strength and range of motion, restoring proper function to the affected joint and a safe return to sport. Instruction in proper body mechanics and recovery time will be provided to help prevent further injury. For pitchers, the number of pitches and certain types of pitches should be restricted until the child reaches maturity. A home exercise program and conditioning program will also help to keep your child in the game.