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CLINICAL COMMENTARY - ON THE SIDELINES

Recognition and management of traumatic sports injuries in the skeletally immature youth athlete.

Authors:  Merkel DL, Molony JT

Pediatric and adolescent athletic injuries have increased over the past decade due to increased participation and societal pressures to perform at high levels, resulting in both traumatic and overuse injuries. The young athlete with an immature skeleton has open growth plates and weaker bones that are more prone to failure under excessive stress than the adult athlete, making early identification and management crucial. This clinical commentary describes the common traumatic sports injuries that occur in young athletes, as well as those that require rapid identification and care in order to prevent long-term sequelae.

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