Health & Well Being

Overuse Injuries in Children

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons write; In recent years, doctors have begun to see a significant increase in overuse injuries in children. In most cases, these injuries are associated with sports-related activity. Sports participation promotes the physical and emotional well being of children, and also encourages the lifelong habit of exercise. Although the benefits of athletic activity are significant, too much activity can lead to injury.

Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when an athletic activity is repeated so often, areas of the body do not have enough time to heal between playing. For example, overhand pitching in baseball can be associated with injuries to the elbow, and swimming is often associated with injuries to the shoulder. Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that impair growth, and may lead to long-term health problems.

The NCFA sometimes receive emails from parents concerned about the amount of organised football their children are being asked to perform.  We have had many discussions about over-use in children’s sport and the most concerning fact of the matter is that the age group starts as early as 7 years of age. In a recent trip to India we documented (AYUSH) the benefits of homoeopathy, along side allopathic treatments,  from the following Homoeopathic Doctors.

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