It is crucial to understand that kids and teens have growth plates in their bones. These growth plates act as seams that enable bones to lengthen as the child grows taller. If an injury is treated incorrectly, this can have an effect on growth plates and the final outcome of a child's growth post-injury. These growth plates also place kids and teens at risk for specific developmental conditions and sports injuries.
According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, a local and national coalition, 20% of kids who play sports are injured, one out of four are seriously injured. The American Medical Association and Nemours Foundation cite that acute injuries occur primarily during team sports in which proper equipment is not used. Teenagers are more likely to suffer acute injury than younger children. As players grow in size and strength, the more force and potential for harm in a collision.read more