The uniqueness of the young athlete: Musculoskeletal injuries

Kaye E. Wilkins

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There is considerable difference in the management of muscu loskeletal injuries in the pediatric athlete. The biomechanical characteristics of the growing bone react differently to applied stresses. Plastic deformation, green-stick, torus, and epiphyseal fractures are types seen only in the pediatric age group. The pediatric athlete fortunately has a much greater remodeling capacity, thus, altering the approach to the treatment of inju ries. An understanding of the different types of injuries in the skeletally immature athlete is essential for those treating this age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-382
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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