Category Archives: Injury Management

Parental role in managing children’s sporting injuries

sports-injury

We all know that playing sport has a number of benefits for our children such as improved fitness levels, self-esteem, coordination and self-discipline; however it can also put them as risk of incurring sports injuries. These injuries range from minor scrapes and bruises to more traumatic injuries like a broken leg or overuse conditions such […]

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Conditioning in early adolescent sports people

Stretching 1

In the last article we focused on pre-adolescent sports people. Here we will focus on the early adolescent/early puberty phase where young people are experiencing considerable physiological changes which will therefore have implications for training. I still believe that in this phase it is vital for children to be playing as many sports as possible […]

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Kinesiotape – Pink tape that makes you run faster?

Kinesiotape

If you watch a sport event these days, one of the most visible sights is the “pink tape” that seems to hold many of the athletes together. Your kids probably think it is pretty cool that their favourite hero is wearing “pink tape”. But what is its really doing…..? Definitions Before I give my two […]

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Understanding Scheuermann’s Disease

Kyphosis

This is the last in our series of articles on osteochondroses.  There is a group of conditions that affect bones in the growing child called osteochondroses. Due to a number of reasons including altered blood supply, the bone becomes soft and may become deformed. After a few years, the bone will harden again, in its […]

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Commonly occurring injuries in young sports people

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Sports-related injury is the leading cause of injuries among school-aged children (Luke et al., 2011). Not surprising, since regular training of children and adolescents is becoming more common in sport, and competitive sports are indulged in with increasing intensity at ever-decreasing ages (Carter & Micheli, 2011; Peterson & Renström, 2001). Young athletes can derive many […]

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Understanding Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood Schlatters

Osgood Schlatter disease is probably the most common cause of knee pain in active children between the ages of 9 -16 years. It is one of several conditions known as osteochodrosis which are caused by repeated overuse in the growing skeleton. What is it? Osgood Schlatter disease is caused by repeated pull (traction) of the […]

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Understanding Sever’s Disease (Heel pain in growing athletes)

Sever's Disease

Severs disease is the most common cause of heel pain in the growing athlete. If your child has ever suffered from this, you will know how uncomfortable and frustrating this condition is when all your child wants to do is get on with their sport! What is it? The medical name for Sever’s disease is […]

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Interview: Understanding the School Sports Concussion Programme

Baseline Concussion Testing

Many parents have received messages from their children’s schools and other sources about so-called “baseline testing” for concussion. Some schools are even making these tests compulsory for boys playing rugby at school. Mary Ann and myself at Positive Sport Parent  have been asked by a number of parents what the School Sports Concussion Programme is, […]

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