Youth Sport Injury
Youth sports and athletic activities are such a valuable and fun experience for growing children. Most people can reflect back on a club sport or team they were part of when they were younger and have great memories and life lessons they learned from those experiences. At Thrive, we have a passion for supporting the younger generation to develop strong, healthy habits that will allow them to continue sports throughout their lifetime.
Growing trends in the recent years are increasing the risks of injury in youth athletes. These include early specialization in one sport; early induction into competitive sport; and an increase in strength and speeds from a younger age. Also, the influence of social media is affecting youth’s perceived reputation in comparison to their peers, which is having profound mental health effects which can also be an important contribution to injury.
Common youth sport injuries:
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Growing pains
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Early postural problems
Working with youth affords a unique opportunity to educate them about injury prevention strategies before poor habits and pain develop. Competitive athletes have high demands on their bodies and it is essential that they are taught appropriate mobility and conditioning techniques to prevent injury and improve performance as early as possible. Most parents think that therapeutic interventions are unnecessary until the teen years; however, these strategies need to be in place before the teen years for ultimate sport performance.
As a former and current sport lover, Dr. Brad Wild has had multiple personal experiences with sports injures.