The pediatric athlete with open physeal plates is more susceptible to growth plate injuries and avulsion fractures rather than ligament and muscle- tendon injuries that most often occur in adults. In general, the pediatric athlete is able to return to full activity quicker than the adult athlete because of a more rapid healing response. There has been a recent interest in the study of the pathophysiology of muscle-tendon injuries and treatment strategies based on these studies have changed. Laboratory studies have several implications regarding the prevention of muscle-tendon injuries. Clinical studies to confirm their efficacy are needed. Complications of re- injury include more serious injury and conditions such as myositis ossificans. Injury prevention has focused on the use of protective equipment and an emphasis on stretching and strengthening programs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Clinics in Sports Medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation