Sporting Injuries In Kids

For years, injuries in kids and adolescents have often been belittled and down played.

However, with research suggesting that 40% of all childhood injuries are sport related, a serious approach to all injuries is a must. As female participation rates also begin to even out with that of males across Australia, these sporting injury figures in our kids will only continue to climb.

If a child’s injury is not attended to quickly enough or taken seriously, the following implications can occur:

– It can lead to a delay in the injury healing as well as a delay back to the sporting field
– It can turn a simple, easy to treat injury into something that may be harder to treat
– It can affect long-term musculoskeletal health as they continue to grow

These kinds of sporting injuries can fall under two different categories:

– Micro: as a result of repetitive use or trauma
– Macro: as a result of a single, traumatic event such as a fracture

Overuse injuries are very common in children, particularly those who have very busy schedules and who play multiple sports. Generally, children like this fall victim to constant overuse injuries as the body as little time to rest and repair.

Overuse injuries are also seen in young athletes who compete at elite levels. Usually, their natural gift at their chosen sport(s) will be encouraged by multiple organisations (local school, local club, representative club) and as a result the child will be overloaded with exercise.

As kids have years ahead of them to enjoy sport, here are some tips that can help to reduce overuse injuries in young, enthusiastic kids:

– Emphasise the importance of stretching and flexibility
– Check that all protective sporting equipment are still in working order (helmets, shin pads etc.)
– Encourage your child to gently exercise or practice about a month before their sporting season begins
– Allow your child to feel confident telling their coach or trainer when they need a rest

It’s best to get any pain or a suspected injury in a child checked out by your local physiotherapist. They will be able to determine exactly what may be going on just by listening to a child’s sporting history and an accurate description of the symptoms and circumstances of the injury.

If your child, or a child you know may be overloading with exercise, book in an initial assessment with the team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy in Penrith by calling (02) 4721 7798.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.