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Acute injuries in children are usually associated with some kind of trauma.
In young children, acute sports injuries can include minor bruises, sprains, and strains.
Teenagers are more likely to sustain more severe injuries, including broken bones and torn ligaments, concussions, skull fractures, spinal cord injuries and eye injuries – scratched corneas, detached retinas and blood in the eyes.
Overuse injuries in sports are generally caused by repetitive actions that put too much stress on the bones and muscles. Although this can happen in adults too, they’re more problematic in young kids because they can affect growth.
Common types of overuse injuries include:
Reinjury can happen when an athlete returns to a sport before a previous injury has properly healed. Doing so places excess stress upon the injury and forces the body to compensate for the weakness, which can put the athlete at greater risk for injuring another part of the body.
You can avoid reinjury by giving it time to completely heal. Once the doctor has approved a return to the sport, make sure that a child in your care properly warms up and cools down before and after any exercise. Try re-entering the sport gradually. Explain that easing back into the game at a sensible pace is better than returning to the hospital!