The rates of injuries in young athletes and the severity of injuries are both on the rise.
Experts say that with kids sports becoming more professional at younger age groups, these numbers may continue to steadily increase.
For parents, sometimes it can be quite difficult to distinguish when your young athlete requires help with their injury, or even how to interpret their complaints of pain.
Injuries in young athletes should not be trivialised. This can lead to delayed injury healing and delayed return to sport. The end result can be making an injury that is otherwise easy to treat into something more severe or more persistent.
Kids and adolescents aren’t just mini-adults.
Kids and adolescents have different problems that don’t happen in adults.
There are different factors involved with these ages , like growth, maturity and hormonal factors that need to be taken into account. These make treating your young athlete different to working with adults.
As a result, your Physiotherapist needs to fully understand these differences.
An accurate diagnosis is vital for young athletes!
Injuries can be acute or chronic. Acute injuries can be due to a single traumatic event. Chronic injuries can be due to overuse or repetitive stress.
It is important that the diagnosis is accurate. A quick Google search and home diagnosis isn’t good enough.
Your Physiotherapist will thoroughly assess your child’s injury. They will want to find out about how their injury started, and if there were any specific injuring events. They will also perform a full clinical examination.
Your child’s age, gender, the description of their injury and their daily physical loads are all important factors in accurately diagnosing their injury.
Sometimes an X-ray or MRI may be suggested if there is concern with a certain area, however your Physiotherapist will determine this through a systematic process and examination.