Children in Sport

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Children in Sport

Times have changed, with children more involved in organised sport than ever. Children sustain different injuries to adults and their treatment is managed accordingly. Common presentations are significant heel or knee pain that increases with activity. Other areas, such as the wrist in gymnasts and the shoulder in throwers, may be swollen without much pain. Injuries may be the result of repetitive activity or a significant change in activity.

The time to be most aware of these injuries is when your child is going through a rapid growth spurt. These injuries should be assessed by your health practitioner to avoid more serious injuries that may result in a longer time away from sport.

Treatment will be provided on a case by case basis to best support your child’s return to sport. Treatment may include: advice on appropriate exercise load for your child, specific stretching program to correct muscle imbalances, prescription of orthoses, as well as a plan to return your child to full sporting activities safely (which could involve liaising with coaches or sports masters).


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