The 5 Most Common Sports-Related Injuries in Children
Every year approximately 30 million children and teens in the U.S. participate in some form of organized sport. Youth athletes often become active in competitive sports around age seven, with some children participating as early as age four, if not sooner. With that being said, it’s inevitable that injuries will occur. More than 3.5 million sports-related injuries are experienced by children 14 and under each year. In fact, almost one-third of all injuries in children are sports-related and it is the second leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents. Sports involving contact and collisions account for the highest rate of injuries. Of all sports-related injuries, most are sprains and strains that require orthopedic care.
A Consumer Product Safety Commission report from 2009 identified the top 5 sports-related injuries in children:
Almost 215,000 children ages 5-14 were treated
More than 200,000 children ages 5 -14 were treated
More than 170,000 children ages 5-14 were treated
Baseball and Softball
Nearly 110,000 children ages 5-14 were treated
More than 88,000 children ages 5-14 were treated
It’s extremely important to note that physiologically children are not simply small adults. Adolescent bones fracture and heal differently than mature ones. As children develop, their bones are softer and have growth plates that allow them to grow an average of 2.5 inches each year.
Growth plates are areas of soft cartilage tissue near the ends of adolescent bones. This cartilage allows for new bone growth and hardens when the bone is done growing, usually sometime during late puberty. If fractures occur within and near the growth plates on the bone, a different type of treatment may be required.
Children’s bones also tend to heal faster than an adult’s. This can be both a good and bad thing. When injured it is crucial for children to be evaluated promptly by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. You do not want a growing bone to heal incorrectly. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon is specifically trained to understand the differences in caring for the bones of children vs. adults. Because bone anatomy and physiology produce age-specific injury patterns and conditions that are unique to children, it can be very difficult for emergency clinicians to diagnose correctly. Fortunately, children’s bones tend to heal quickly, with simple fractures healing in 6 weeks or less if surgery is not required.
CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has comprehensive experience in treating the whole family. Dr. Jeffrey Murray specializes in the treatment of sports injuries and prioritizes non-surgical treatments whenever possible. The CORE team believes that an individual and involved treatment approach is necessary to ensure that patients are able to continue pursuing all of the activities they enjoy after their recovery.
If your child has a sports-related injury or fracture contact CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at (847) 690-1776 for a pediatric consultation.
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