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Sports injuries: Has my child suffered an overuse injury?

Overuse injuries are some of those most common sports injuries in children. However, the more that Pennsylvania parents know about overuse injuries, the more they can do to help their children prevent them.

First and foremost, it is important to realize that overuse injuries are often hard to diagnose because of the way they develop gradually, over a period of time. Some of the most common overuse injuries include swimmer's shoulder, tennis elbow, stress fractures and Achilles tendinitis. These overuse injuries tend to be caused by a verity of factors, but they are often attributed to improper technique, improper training, biomechanical imbalances and sport equipment problems.

Identifying an overuse injury can be difficult, but children will usually tell their parents when they are hurting. Parents should also look for signs that a child is favoring one part their body, or avoiding putting weight on a foot, limping or not wanting to use a certain arm. They might also show signs of being in pain while performing their sport or doing another activity. Problems with sleep, trouble breathing, headaches, stiff joints and numbness may also be signs of an overuse injury.

Our children have many years ahead of them, and their bodies have to last them for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, paying for the medical care a child needs to recover from an overuse injury is impossible, and that is where a personal injury claim can help. All that said, an ounce of prevention is worth 10,000 pounds of cure in these kinds of cases. Whatever parents can do to prevent their child's injury from getting worse is the most important role a parent can play in these cases.

Source: Stop Sports Injuries, "How to Prevent and Spot Overuse Injuries in Kids," accessed April. 16, 2015

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