Youth sports are a big deal. It’s estimated that over 45 million kids are actively engaged in sports! While sports give kids a fantastic opportunity to grow socially and physically, they also increase risks for injuries, pain from overuse, and muscular imbalances. Finding proactive ways to reduce the risk of injury and balance the effects of training are essential for your child’s developing musculoskeletal system.
Why it Matters:
Your child’s skeletal system is actively developing until they are approximately 25 years old. Their postural habits, history of injuries, and genetics play a role in their body’s final form (and function). Sports have the potential to add a significant amount of stress and increase the chances of injuries for your developing child. Even small injuries to their spine can create bigger challenges down the road as they get older.
- To recap:
Addressing minor injuries and challenges while your child is young can help ensure proper musculoskeletal development.
- Youth sports can increase your child’s likelihood of developing overuse, growth plate injuries, and chronic pain.
Chiropractic care is another safe and natural way to help your child stay active and perform their best. So don’t shrug it off if your child complains of back pain, headaches, or a stiff neck. Pain is a signal to “Pay Attention Inside Now.” Our practitioners are experienced at evaluating active children and creating kid-friendly care plans. Together, we can help your child stay engaged with their favorite sports for years to come.
Specialization & Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes. UCONN Health. 2017.