Adult athletes are less prone to injury than young athletes whose bodies are still growing and coordination is still developing. If your child is one of the 60 million youth involved in sports,1 you may be concerned with safety. At Quinby Orthopedics, we regularly see young athletes who have sustained an injury or have chronic pain from sports. We have treatment plans readily available for when your child is sidelined from the game. Let’s take a closer look at the most common injuries and what you can do to help your young athlete stay healthy.

Most common injuries in young athletes

  • Knee injury
  • Ligament tear
  • Sprains and strains
  • Shoulder injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Concussion
  • Broken bone
  • Swollen muscles
  • Shin bone pain
  • Tendon injury

Common causes of sports injuries

Several common causes for injuries are the result of bodies that are still developing and growing but are involved in sports. These issues are harder to prevent, though proper safety protocols in each sport should help lessen the risk of injury. Other causes include external factors that could be adjusted. Here are some common causes for sports injuries in young athletes.

  • Hand-eye coordination still developing
  • Slow reaction times as body develops
  • Muscle control still developing
  • Improper technique
  • Not enough warm-up
  • Muscle overuse, repetitive use
  • Training year-round with no breaks
  • Improper or lacking sports gear

Prevention of injuries

There are some important steps parents can take to protect their young athlete from injury. Examining the gear for a good fit is the first step. Here are some other ideas:

  • Add protective gear including mouth guards and helmets
  • Plenty of stretching and warm-ups
  • Weight and flexibility training
  • Muscle use rotation to prevent overuse of one muscle group – change up sports frequently and take breaks during the year
  • Hydration
  • Proper sleep
  • Good nutrition

“Athletic trainers can be your best friend in preventing injuries in your young athlete,” said Quinby Orthopedics’ Medical Director, Dr. J. Scott Quinby. “Prevention is so important and can head off problems before they occur.”

Treatment of injuries

Even with all of the best preventions in place, injuries may still occur when a child is playing sports. When that happens, it’s important to receive the best care possible so your child can heal faster and have fewer chronic health concerns. Here are some common treatments for sports injuries:

  • Compression braces
  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • At-home exercises
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Pain relief techniques
  • RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation
  • Joint immobilization
  • Heel pads

“When a sports injury happens, put ice on it and bring your young athlete to our facility right away,” said Dr. Quinby. “We can get you in quickly in an emergency and we have the imaging equipment, treatment options and expertise to treat your child so he or she can start to feel better right away.”

Get an appointment with our orthopaedic specialist today!

If your child is suffering chronic pain, or is showing reluctance to play the sport due to pain, or has sustained an injury, call us at Quinby Orthopedics today @ 469-929-0615 for an examination. Your orthopaedic specialist is ready to treat your young athlete with expert care.

Visit us at one of our two convenient locations:

  • Rockwall – Rockwall Medical Center, 810 E. Ralph Hall Pkwy, Suite 140
  • Plano – Plano Medical Office Building III, 4001 W 15th St., Suite 180

 

 

1 https://pedsinreview.aappublications.org/content/40/6/278