17 Dec Sporting Injuries in Children
Our paediatric physiotherapists in Hoppers Crossing see many children with sporting injuries for a variety of reasons.
Those younger than 8 years old, maybe less coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults because they are still growing and developing. When children of varying sizes play sports together, there may be an increased risk of injury. As children grow bigger and stronger, the potential for injury increases, largely because of the amount of force involved.
Common childhood sports injuries could include:
Sprains which is an injury to a ligament – a stretching or a tearing. One or more ligaments can be injured during a sprain. Ankle sprains are the most common injury.
Strain A is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. A muscle is a tissue composed of bundles of specialized cells that, when stimulated by nerve impulses contract and produce movement.
Growth plate injuries is the area of developing tissues at the end of the long bones in growing children and adolescents. When growth is complete, sometime during adolescence, the growth plate is replaced by solid bone.
Overuse injuries and repetitive motion injuries are important to get diagnosed and treated to prevent them from developing into larger chronic problems. When recovery is complete, your child’s technique or training schedule may need to be adjusted to prevent the
injury from flaring up again.
Heat injuries children perspire less than adults and require a higher core body temperature to trigger sweating. Heat-related illnesses include dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. These injuries can be prevented.
Our physiotherapists in Melbourne’s West have good training tips and are able to give your little athletes some ideas for avoiding injuries; such as specific exercises, stretching or strengthening activities.
Our Western Paediatric Physiotherapist also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this will enable your child to be stronger athletes. Call(03) 8001 2042 to book your child’s appointment.