While young people often seem to bounce back quickly after sports injuries, it’s important to make sure they are properly treated. Tissue injuries, joint problems and broken bones do not manifest in children and teenagers the same way they do in adults.
Pain is not always the best way to measure the severity of an injury as it is the end result of the dysfunction – which means the injury is still there before the pain starts.
Also, children and teenagers won’t necessarily complain when they are hurting. Sometimes they simply don’t understand or can’t communicate the problem well. Or maybe they don’t want to attract attention. Or perhaps they simply want to keep playing, and they are afraid they’ll be told they can’t participate while they heal.
Getting your young athlete treated ensures that injuries do not result in dysfunctional movement patterns as the body tries to compensate for the injury—causing more problems in the long run. Also it ensures athletic performance is optimal because there is no irregular movement pattern.
Young athletes are still growing, so young bodies are constantly adapting. It’s important that your child or teenager is checked regularly—particularly if they are injured.
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