THE SPRAINS AND STRAINS OF SPORTING INJURIES
Sprains and strains are some of the most common types of injuries in any sport. They involve the stretching or tearing of tissue. Sprains occur to ligaments, while strains involve muscles or tendons. Immediate first aid for all sprains and strains is Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. After initial first aid is administered, prompt referral to an appropriate medical professional should be sought to ensure proper injury treatment because sometimes sprains and strains are more than they seem.
“Growth plates are located near the ends of long, growing bones in children and gradually close as a child reaches skeletal maturity,” explains John Kean, M.D., Chief of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital. “The growth plate in growing children is weaker than the nearby ligaments and tendons. Therefore, the growth plate will become injured under lower forces than those that would injure a tendon or ligament.”
For more information on why sprains and strains can be a big deal for your growing athletes, please visit the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine website.