Listen to Your Pediatric Orthopedist: Sports Can Harm

Sports are great. They encourage teamwork, foster competitive verve, and teach kids the many good lessons of winning and losing with dignity. Sports also help to further developmental skills and instill a lasting appreciation for the value of discipline. Also, they’re fun.

But sports can be dangerous as well. Some of the most common youth sports have a tendency to cause lasting injuries. As a coach or parent, it is your job to learn and remember the signs of common sports injuries, the better to minimize their impact and enhance your charges’ recovery.

Recently I came across a page that outlines some of the more common youth injuries in sports, as well as what is at stake:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 2.6 million children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports- and recreation-related injuries.

The list includes many repetitive stress injuries such as periostitis (shin splints), growth plate injuries, and the various causes and symptoms of hairline fractures in overworked athletes.

If your child is complaining of chronic pain after engaging in youth sports, it’s time to step back and take a breather. For a full diagnostic workup and expert recommendations, set your appointment with the San Diego Orthopedic Surgery Center today.

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