Junior Athlete Injuries

These days, it is common for children to have multiple days and nights of sporting commitments. While this is something that helps build children physically, socially, and mentally; all of the time spent training and participating in sports can take a toll. Doctors and other health practitioners see numerous injuries from overuse in school-age athletes. The problem tends to increase when a holiday break is over and activities resume. The most typical sites for overuse pain are the achilles, knee, hip or groin.

Often pain in these areas has the same cause, a condition called Apophysitis. The disorder tends to present itself in young athletes who are still growing. It begins in the apophysis, one of several growth plates serving as an attachment for a muscle-tendon pair. Because younger athletes are still growing, the apophysis is still a weak part of the body. Continuous use causes the painful inflammation associated with this stress-related injury. Additionally, trauma to the site can result in hairline fractures and other problems.

Three sites are where Apophysitis most commonly occurs include:

  • The Heel- (Medical Name: Calcaneal Apophysis)-Also Called Sever’s Disease. This disorder typically found in males and females between 8-12 years old.
  • Below the Kneecap- (Medical Name: Tibial Tuberosity)-Also Called Osgood Schlatter’s Disease. This syndrome usually strikes males between 12-15 years of age and females 8-13 years of age.
  • The Groin- (Medical Name: Pubic Symphysis)-Also Called Osteitis Pubis. This disease occurs in both males and females 15 years old or older.

For most younger athletes Apophysitis will correct itself, with no residual long-term effects, upon full bone maturation. Occasionally, a disabling avulsion may occur at the site. Although not common, this is a significant reason to attend to young athletes who complain of pain in these regions.

Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available to child-athletes who suffer from Apophysitis. Therapies including strengthening programs, soft tissue release and biomechanical advice can assist younger athletes in overcoming this disorder and allow them to enjoy the activities they love.

Does your child have injuries as a result or physical activity? The team at Kardinya Physiotherapy can help. Contact us today to make an appointment.