- Overuse injuries such as Osgood Schlatters’ and Severs’ disease are common among young footballers and athletes.
- Young skeletons are still “green” and can be prone to stress fracture.
- Some skeletal problems such as scoliosis may only start to appear during adolescence.
The psychology for the injured child is complex. They cannot understand why their body should be different from their friends and they certainly do not like being kept away from their sport or activity.
The fear of being “banned” from their favourite activity often leads children to try to hide their symptoms.
In the past, just withdrawing the child from the activity causing the problem was thought to be the answer but with careful attention and a combination of treatment techniques it is usually possible for the young person to maintain some level of involvement whilst their body repairs.
Children love learning about their anatomy and how it works. Helping them to understand the problem and making them part of their rehabilitation process has a very positive effect.