Young Athletes and the Risk to their Bodies
It is typical for many people to assume that kids cannot sustain devastating injuries while competing at such an early age. In fact, young athletes are not quite as strong and limber as many people would assume. Because their bodies are still growing, they are often at risk for injuries like “greenstick” breaks, or breaks that do not severe the bone entirely. A greenstick injury results in the bone being bent and creased, which is still just as painful and devastating as a clean break.
Young performers also have softer joints that make it easier for their elbows, ankles, shoulders, and other joints to come out of their sockets. A common injury that young kids experience is called nursemaid's elbow. This injury results in the elbow being dislocated, leaving the arm hanging askew. A doctor must pop the elbow back into place to eliminate the pain and stiffness associated with this damage.
Adult and Teen Athletes
Teenagers and adults likewise are at risk of suffering dire injuries that need therapeutic intervention. A compound fracture in one's leg, for example, can take that person out of competition for weeks, if not months. Once the leg is healed, the athlete must learn to bear weight on the bone before he or she can go back to competing.
Many people hesitate to put weight on injured parts of their bodies for fear of pain. Their therapist will teach them how to regain confidence in their own body's ability to perform. After a few weeks of therapy, athletes may be ready to go back out onto the field and rejoin their team.
Athletes of all ages face a range of injuries. They can stay safe and also heal faster by making use of services like physical therapy. Therapists teach athletes how to walk, run, and bear weight on injured areas again.