Common Youth Sports Injuries

The incidence of sports injuries among youth in the United States is on the rise, with more than 2.6 million children ages 19 and under receiving treatment in the emergency department for sports and recreation-related injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sports injuries in children and adolescents include the following:

Treating Youth Sports Injuries at Mount Sinai

Helping young patients recover from such injuries requires specialized attention. "Children are not just little adults," says Alexis Colvin, MD, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine. "There are specific considerations to take into account when treating them, such as the fact that their skeletal system is still growing." Colvin adds that less aggressive treatment options such as rest, cross training, and physical therapy are often prescribed for children with sports-related injuries.

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