Injury in youth sport is both a controversial and emotive subject. In recent years considerable concern has been expressed about the growing number of children undergoing treatment for sports-related injuries. This concern has been associated with children's increased involvement in organized sport at a younger age.
A review of the research evidence available revealed that there were certain types of injuries that were more likely to occur to children who were involved in intensive training regimes. These injuries, classified as overuse injuries, were likely to affect not just the soft tissue but also the young athlete's immature and developing skeleton.
The preliminary review also referred to the increasing anecdotal evidence suggesting that overuse injury, as a consequence of intensive training, was a growing phenomenon. However, the lack of population based surveys has tended to focus concern on children who have attended primary care such as hospitals' accident and emergency departments where it is not possible for physicians to determine whether there is a relationship between intensity of training and injury, between poor supervision and injury or whether a child is particularly prone to injury. It was on this basis that further research was considered worthwhile to examine the number, severity and prevalence of sports-related injuries amongst young athletes undergoing intensive training.
Editor's comments - [ The findings presented here provide an insight into the types of injuries likely to be sustained by young athletes and are intended to act as an important stimulus in the development of new strategies to prevent these types of injuries occurring in the future, yet some issues here are rather shocking. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)
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