Sports in Dubai are a great way for kids to improve their physical fitness, learn focus and concentration and develop character. But as children’s athletic activities become increasingly intense and competitive, it’s important for parents, doctors, and coaches to work as a team and set appropriate limits to help young athletes avoid overuse injuries.
What’s an overuse injury?
An overuse injury occurs in the muscles, soft tissues or joints and is caused by repetitive stress or trauma. Common overuse injuries include:
- Bursitis, inflammation of fluid-filled sacs between the joints
- Little League shoulder or elbow
- Osgood-Schlatter disease, a bony growth on the shin
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow
Who’s at risk for overuse injuries?
The growing bodies of young athletes can be especially prone to overuse injuries. Children who participate in intense or highly competitive athletic programs, specialise in one sport, play on multiple teams or participate in year-round athletic activities with little or no time off are at a higher risk of developing overuse injuries. Although certain overuse injuries are associated with specific sports, no sport is completely safe.
Keep your child’s practice fun and age appropriate.
Focus on your child’s overall wellness, and teach your child how to listen for problems with his or her body.
Your goal should be to promote a well-rounded athlete who can enjoy a regular physical activity for a lifetime.