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Common Types of Injuries Experienced by Student Athletes

Just like professional athletes, teenagers involved in sports are vulnerable to injury. However, the types of injuries this age group experiences differ because their bodies are still growing. Keep reading to discover some of the most common student athlete injuries seen by orthopaedic doctors.

Growth Plate Injuries

Near the ends of long bones, children and adolescents have areas of cartilage tissue called growth plates. Once an individual is full-grown, growth plates transform into bone, and these developing areas are vulnerable to injury because they are the last part of a bone to harden. A fractured growth plate can affect the bone’s growth and may lead to a deformity. This type of sports injury is commonly associated with high-impact and contact sports.


Resulting from a blow to the head or movement that causes the brain to move around rapidly in the skull, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that’s more common among student athletes who participate in sports like soccer, football, and ice hockey.

Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries develop gradually and are typically caused by performing repetitive movements and not giving the body enough time to heal between times of activity. Individual sports often have specific overuse injuries associated with them, such as shoulder injuries in swimming, stress fractures in running, and wrist and elbow problems in gymnastics.

Acute Injuries

Injuries caused by a single incidence of trauma, such as a collision, twist, or fall, are called acute injuries. Some common acute injuries that orthopaedic doctors see in student athletes are strains, sprains, bruises, and fractures.

Catastrophic Injuries

Severe injuries that affect the brain or spinal cord are referred to as catastrophic injuries. There is a risk of these injuries in many athletic activities, but they occur more often in contact sports.

MK Orthopaedics offers high-quality sports injury treatment for student athletes. To schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.


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