5 Common Kids Sports Related Injuries – And How To Treat Them

Date: 08/19/2023


Participating in sports is an excellent way for children to stay active, learn teamwork, and develop essential life skills. However, along with the benefits, there is a risk of sports-related injuries. As a parent, it’s essential to be aware of these potential risks to help prevent and manage injuries effectively. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 kids sports related injuries, and provide practical tips on how to keep your young athlete safe.



1) Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are some of the most common sports-related injuries among children. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn, while a strain refers to an injury to a muscle or tendon. These injuries often happen during activities that involve sudden movements, changes in direction, or overexertion. Sprained ankles, pulled hamstrings, and ACL tears (which we talk more in depth here) are common examples of this type of injury.




2) Growth Plate Injuries

Growth plate injuries, often referred to as physeal fractures, occur at the growth plates, areas of developing tissue located at the end of long bones in children. Since these plates are more delicate than the mature bone, they are more prone to fractures during high-impact activities or accidents. Growth plate injuries can disrupt normal bone growth and development, potentially leading to long-term complications if not managed properly. Some sports such as boxing or football can have the potential for damaging the plates.


3) Fractures and Dislocations

Fractures and dislocations can occur when children fall, collide with others, or experience direct blows while playing sports. Bones in the wrist, forearm, ankle, and collarbone are particularly vulnerable. These injuries are more prevalent in contact sports like football, boxing, and martial arts.






4) Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are a result of repetitive stress on muscles, tendons, and bones over time. Young athletes involved in activities that require repetitive movements, such as running, swimming, or pitching, are at higher risk. Common overuse injuries include tennis or golf elbow, stress fractures, and swimmer’s shoulder.




5) Concussions 

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that can occur in contact sports or any activity with a risk of falling, such as football, hockey or basketball. While not always obvious, concussions should be taken seriously as they can have long-term consequences on a child’s health and cognitive function.





While sports offer numerous benefits for children, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks of sports-related injuries. By following proper safety guidelines, encouraging a well-rounded approach to sports, and being attentive to your child’s physical well-being, you can help reduce the likelihood of injuries and create a safe and enjoyable environment for your young athlete. Remember, early injury prevention and management can lead to a lifetime of active and healthy living.

At Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for children, our providers are experts in treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, including sport injuries. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (213) 742-1162 or complete this urgent care appointment request form.