Sports activities are great for children and teens, but they can cause some types of injuries, such as growth plate injuries, that can have long-term consequences. Catherine Meli, MD, and Naheed Rahmet, MD, at Seashore Pediatrics specialize in treating young athletes so they can heal and safely get back in the game. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Wall Township, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.
Young athletes have a higher risk of damaging growth plates and soft tissues than suffering a fracture. Of course, fractures do happen. When they break a bone, it’s often an avulsion fracture, which occurs when muscles and tendons exert so much force they tear away the growth plate.
Examples of the most common sports injuries include:
When children and teens experience pain or have a hard time using an injured body part, they should immediately stop their activity and take time to rest and heal.
Overuse injuries are on the rise in young athletes. These injuries develop over time when soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) are placed under ongoing stress from sports training and competition.
During strenuous activities, soft tissues develop very small injuries that need time to recover and repair. When a young athlete keeps training and doesn’t take time to recover, the injury worsens and causes inflammation.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that occurs during contact sports, when an athlete falls, or from any injury that impacts their head.
The following symptoms often appear right away, but they could be delayed, taking hours or days to appear.
All concussions, no matter how mild they may seem, should be taken seriously. Your child should not continue participating in their sport until they’ve been thoroughly examined and cleared to play by the doctors at Seashore Pediatrics.
Long bones in the legs and arms have a growth plate at each end, which is the weakest area of their growing skeleton. As a result, growth plates are easily damaged. When young athletes continue to compete or train after a growth plate is injured, it could affect their growth and cause bone deformities.
If your child is in pain that lasts a few days or is severe enough to limit their activity, call Seashore Pediatrics or book an appointment online so they can be examined as soon as possible.