Growing participation in sports among children, along with increasingly intense training regimens, has contributed to an increasing rate of sports-related injuries. Despite the similarities to adult sports injuries, pediatric patients have distinctive injury patterns because of the growing physis and therefore necessitate unique treatment algorithms. Caring for these injured children requires in-depth knowledge of not only pediatric injury patterns, but also the scope of age-specific treatments, the associated complications, and the controversies. When treating motivated pediatric athletes, one must be able to strike a delicate balance between patients' eagerness to return to sport and the need to ensure their long-term health and function. Knowledge of controversies and complications will help both patients and physicians make informed decisions about how best to restore pediatric athletes back to health.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine