What are the most common types of sports-related injuries in children?

The most common types of sport-related injuries in children are ankle sprains, shoulder strains, concussions, dehydration and patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is related to knee strain and injury. With proper precautions, young athletes can play sports knowing their bodies are in the best physical condition.

Since younger athletes are still growing, their bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are more likely to be affected by minor accidents. As children get older, the rate and severity of sports-related injuries increases.

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Injuries in sports can occur from an acute trauma or repetitive motion mechanism, also known as overuse. The most common sports-related acute injuries involve minor strains, contusions and sprains. However, fractures and dislocations can occur in children as well. Overuse injury occurs in certain patterns depending on the sport and commonly involves the knee and shoulder.

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