Pediatric Sports Injuries: Recovery and Prevention

August 10th, 2019

Is your child an athlete? It is estimated that there are approximately 60 million youths, aged 6-18, who participate in organized sports. Of those 60 million, approximately 45.9%-54% will sustain some form of sports injury. If your child is feeling pain due to a sport, Oceanside Therapy Group can help provide relief and a speedy recovery – so your child can get back to doing the sport he or she loves!

Sports injuries can typically be placed into two categories: acute or overuse. Acute injuries are caused by a single specific incident, such as a sprain, strain, fracture, or tear. Overuse injuries are caused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Some examples of overuse injuries include frozen shoulder, flexor tendinitis, shin splints, tennis elbow, and golfer’s/Little Leaguer’s elbow.

How can pediatric physical therapy help my child avoid injuries?

As proud as you are of your child’s bravery on the playing field, a part of you still frets over the potential for injury. It’s only natural to be concerned about sprains, strains, accident injuries, and overuse injuries in active kids. The good news is that neither you nor your child is completely helpless against these lurking threats.

A strong, agile body is a must for preventing sports or play injuries. If your child has obvious muscle weakness or other functional limitation, physical therapy can help minimize that obstacle to improve athletic safety and performance. Our pediatric physical therapists can evaluate your child’s balance, coordination, stance, gait, muscle strength, and range of motion for any issues that might need improvement. Specific physical therapy exercises can then be prescribed to correct those issues before your child takes the field.

Our team can help make sure your child is safe while performing athletic activities by:

  • Demonstrating how to play safely.
  • Providing proper warm-up and cool-down techniques.
  • Educating you and your child on common injuries for his or her sport.
  • Expressing the importance of proper nutrition.

Treating pediatric sports injuries at Oceanside Therapy Group:

At Oceanside Therapy Group, our treatments for pediatric sports injuries are conservative and non-invasive, aimed at relieving pain and promoting healing. Our highly trained physical therapists incorporate specialized methods into their treatment plans as needed, such as manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, or ultrasound. They also provide patients with light stretching and exercise plans, in order to improve their range of motion and overall function in the affected area.

It is important to note that pediatric treatments are not the same as adult treatments. Children have different biomechanics than adults because they are still growing – both physically and mentally. Each pediatric treatment plan is unique, taking into account the child’s age, level of physical activity, and their continuing physical and mental development.

The overall goal of physical therapy is healing and prevention. In addition to treating the injury, our physical therapists will help strengthen the affected area, in order to prevent additional injury from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide your child with helpful warm-up and cool-down techniques for his or her sport, in order to lower their risk of sustaining another injury.

If your child has sustained a sports injury, schedule an appointment with Oceanside Therapy Group today. We’ll help diagnose the issue and get your child started on the path toward recovery and return to the sport!

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