Kids and Sports.......
Some very interesting information from an article by our friends at physiology-pedia.com:
There are significant differences between the nature of LBP in adults and young athletes . The most common causes of LBP in young athletes are spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, hyperlordosis syndrome (posterior element overuse syndrome) and discogenic pain.
The growing spine introduces certain variables that predisposes the back of the young to specific injuries such as pars interarticularis injury; reported to occur in up to 47% of young athletes .
It is of great importance for an athlete with persisting symptoms to undergo a thorough assessment .
The impact of the structural problems is considered alongside other aspects such as psychological, social and cultural issues . This approach facilitates compliance with the rehabilitation process and promotes recovery , as there is evidence showing athletes with a prior back injury are 3 times more likely to develop LBP .
Young athletes are not immune to the injuries and conditions that plague adult athletes and need to be assessed and treated just as adults do. While the methods and techniques may vary depending on the age of the child, we need to be sure that we avoid the old tropes of “no pain, no gain” and “you’re a kid, you can’t be hurt”
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