Common Lower Extremity Injuries in Youth Athletes
By Craig J. Mawdsley, PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT and Ellen Welter, DPT, COMT, CNN
Fall is upon us and that means the return to school, regular schedules and, of course, fall sports! Athletes often return to competitive sports as a higher level which brings the added risk of injuries from under training and single-sport focused training. After a relaxing summer, being thrust into daily practice and competition can be a lot for a growing body.
According to SAFE Kids Worldwide, in the United States alone, over 30 million athletes participate in some form of organized sport. Of those, 3.5 million sustain injuries with sprains and strains being the most common.
Anterior Knee Pain
• Osgood-Schlatter: Pain just below the knee cap, increasing with repetitive impact activities, related to growth during adolescence.
• Patellofemoral Syndrome: Pain related to poor tracking of the knee cap due to hip/knee weakness, foot pronation or other muscular imbalances.
Anterior Leg Pain
What can Clarity do for your young athlete?
At Clarity our team of orthopedic specialists can identify the source of the injury, implement a plan of recovery, and help
prevent future injuries. Early and an aggressive rehabilitation helps the athlete return to the sport quickly and safely.
If your athlete is reporting an issue or if you are observing one, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment today! Call to schedule a Free Injury Screen: 708-505-3900