Sports injuries that occur primarily in children and adolescents


Injury Definition Mechanism Common sites Sports
Injuries to growth plates A growth plate is an area in developing tissue at the ends of the long bones where growth takes place in children and adolescents. Acute injury due to impact Any long bone in the body Sports in which high impact is possible for example contact sports .
Apophysitis (inflammation of the apophysis) Apophysis is a part of the skeleton that constitutes the attachments of tendons, ligaments or muscles. Overuse injury Knee cap tendon that attaches to the lower leg bone (tibia) – Osgood-Schlatter’s disease

Achilles tendon that attaches to the heel (calcaneus) – sever’s disease

Sports that require a great deal of jumping and bending of the knees such as soccer, long jump, and high jump
Greenstick fracture or break A greenstick fracture is an incomplete break in a bone. The name is derived from the similarity of such fractures to the break in a green twig taken from a tree. Acute injury Any long bone in the body e.g. radius and ulna which are the bones of the forearm
Osteochondrosis (articular cartilage and bone that has been damaged breaks away and can become free, moving inside the joint) Articular cartilage is found at the end of bones in joints and allows smooth movement. Unknown Hip (head of long bone of the upper leg) – Perthes’ disease Not applicable


1. Brukner, P. and Khan, K. (2009). Clinical sports medicine (3rd ed.). Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

2. Peterson, L. and Renström, P. (2001). Sports injuries: Their prevention and treatment (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

3. Prentice, W.E. (2010). Essentials of athletic injury management (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Comments on this post - shared in Facebook:

One Trackback

  1. […] Sports injuries that occur primarily in children and adolescents […]

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *



You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  • Sign up for our Newsletter!

    Get the latest up-to-date tips and expert practical advice on everything to do with your child's sporting performance. Backed by recognised authorities in the field, this newsletter is a must-read for every parent.
    * = required field
  • Parent Info Sessions

    Book an Information Session Today!

    If your school, sports club or Federation wants to host information sessions and workshops for parents, aimed at helping moms and dads manage their children’s sports involvement, just let us know. We can help you. Our respected and experienced experts cover a wide range of specialisation, and can address the many topics and challenges sports parents face.

    We can tailor make information sessions to meet your needs! Please contact us for more information.

  • Upcoming Events

    There are no events to display
  • Archives