Children’s sporting injuries are common as the new year of school sport starts placing increasing demands on developing bodies. Commonly the legs are affected more so than the upper body. It is not uncommon for some kids to do 5 or 6 days a week of their chosen sport especially if they are playing for school, club and representative or academy teams. This can add up to 10-12 hours of solid activity as well as all of the recess and lunch running around. Even the highly trained AFL footballers don’t do that much full on exercise and they do lots of stretching, ice baths, massage, yoga and physio to help them. It is easy to understand how a young developing body can develop injuries with the demands that are placed on them.
Common Children’s Sporting Injuries
One of the most common children’s sporting injuries in the 10 – 12 year old is a heel complaint called ‘Sever’s Disease’. This is an issue where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel and irritates the bony insertion. It tends to be a problem as the child is rapidly growing and the bony attachment which is still developing, struggles to cope with this.
The other common injury that the 12-14 year old athlete can get is ‘Osgood –Schlatters disease.’ This is a pain at the front of the knee below the knee cap where the thigh muscle and patella tendon insert into the top of the shin bone. Commonly a lump can develop that is one of the tell-tale signs of the condition. This lump can be very sensitive and very painful especially when knocked or landed on. Once again, this condition is related to the body struggling to cope with the demands of the growing body.
The combination of excessive loads and a growing body can create the perfect storm for these issues and significantly hamper the ability of the child to play their chosen sport. Both of these problems can last for a short time or up to 12-18 months but rarely cause any long term problems.