Children Sports Injuries

Article by John Miller

Why You Need to take Children Injuries Seriously? 

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What's the Incidence of Children Sports Injuries?

40% of all children injuries are sports-related. Overall, male and female injury rates are becoming equal due to a gradually increasing female participation rate. Injuries related to sports participation fall into two types of trauma:

  • Macro (due to a single traumatic event eg fracture) and
  • Micro (due to repetitive overuse trauma).

Injuries in the young athlete are often trivialised. They are usually asked or encouraged to "toughen up and play through the pain." This approach is not in the young athlete's best interest for the following reasons:

  • It often leads to delayed healing and return to sports,
  • It can turn an easily treatable injury into one that becomes difficult to treat and
  • In some cases, it can result in a permanent injury that precludes sports participation.

Making the Diagnosis

In most cases, your physiotherapist can make the diagnosis via the injury history and performing a physical examination. The childrens' age, sex, and level of participation in sports are important. A description of how the injury occurred is valuable. Your physiotherapist will want to know if there was a "pop," swelling, history of previous injury, family history of similar injury, locking or giving way, or other signs or symptoms.

While special tests can be helpful, in certain circumstances an accurate diagnosis can be made 90% of the time by taking a good history and performing a systematic examination of the injured joint.

Tips for Parents and Coaches



Most overuse injuries, such as stress fractures and tendonitis, are preventable. If your child suffers any overuse injury, the first choice of treatment is rest until a medical opinion can be sought. In young athletes, this means avoiding the activity that is causing the problem, or reducing the intensity, until the discomfort resolves. Bed rest or immobilisation are rarely needed.

  • Allow kids to play at their own intensity and pace.
  • Encourage your child to start getting in shape and conditioning a month before any team sports are to begin.
  • Emphasize stretching and flexibility exercises.
  • Make sure fields are in reasonably good condition and that protective equipment fits correctly (helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, etc.).

Adolescents have a lot of enjoyable sporting years ahead of them. It would be a shame to see this enjoyment ended too soon. When in doubt, seek expert medical advice. It's better to be safe than sorry. In general, kids are motivated to play sports because it is fun. Parents and coaches who demand too much may be putting their children at risk.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Common Adolescent Spinal Injuries?
  • What are the Common Children's & Adolescent Arm Injuries?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
  • Common Childrens' Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Cramps
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pointer
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Perthes Disease
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinitis
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Side Strain (Abdominal)
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Slipped Femoral Capital Epiphysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis (Back Stress Fracture)
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture Feet
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Text Neck
  • Thigh Strain
  • Wry Neck
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    Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • Related Products

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    Last updated 07-Apr-2015 05:57 PM

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