Younger athletes suffer many of the same mechanisms of injury as adults. However, significant differences occur in the types of injuries sustained by children and adolescents because of the differences in the structure of growing bone with adult bone. Children and preteen’s, still growing bones, make them more vulnerable to damage from overuse or repeated movements.
It is vital to prepare your child as best as possible for their sport of choice, for example, wearing a helmet, mouthguard, shin pads, proper appropriate footwear and sunhats.
If your child is complaining of a specific pain for more than 5-7 days, it is worth getting them assessed, either by a Physiotherapist- experienced in dealing with children/adolescent injury- or your GP.