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Growing Pains in young footballers

Growing pains (Traction Apophysitis) can occur in children following a period of rapid growth and/ or increase in sporting activity. During periods of rapid skeletal growth (think teenagers suddenly almost growing overnight) the cartilage within long bones of the body is weaker and becomes more susceptible to injury.

Growing pains most commonly affect tendon attachments at these sites: the heel (Sever’s disease), below the knee cap (Osgood-Schlatter’s) and at the base of the knee cap (Sindig-Larsen-Johansson). Often these children participate in football as well as other running and jumping sports.

Onset is usually gradual with pain over the areas mentioned above. Unfortunately, often growing pains mean the child ends up resting from their sport. However, rest alone often does not solve the issue, with pain returning when the child attempts to return to activity.  Bone often grows quicker than the muscle has time to stretch and adapt causing increased tension at the tendon attachment which can cause pain to develop. We cannot control this!

However, we can have some control over other contributing factors such as;

  • Training load- how frequently/ intense training is, is it varied and balanced with good emphasis on technique and rest?
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Poor capacity of muscles to deal with rapid skeletal growth

Obtaining an early diagnosis and appropriate management plan should reduce the impact on a child’s participation in sport.  An individualised rehabilitation program should be devised with the help of your physiotherapist to address the factors outlined above. A physio will also advise on which activities to temporarily limit and which to continue with and future training strategies.

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Blog post by Lisa
Senior Physiotherapist
MSc MACP MHCPC MCSP 

Emma James Physio

My top workout, meal & exercise of the month

Hiya buddies,

Just wanted to share with you my top Abs workout, favourite meal and lunge exercise for November!
Follow our blog for more top tips each month.

Ab Workout for November

  • Level 1 20 reps X 2
  • Level 2 20 reps x 3
  • Level 3 20 reps x 4
  • Rest between sets up to 1 minute


Mea
l of the month for November

nov-food

Here’s my chicken, sweet potato, goats cheese and avocado
Simple and easy to make and delicious 🙂

 

 

 

 



evoke2November exercise of the month – Lunge

Objective:
Improve leg strength, dynamic balance and control. Shapely legs and bum

Target muscles:
Glute and thigh muscles

 

Technique tips:

  • Keep shoulders over hips so that you do not lean excessively forward or back
  • Ensure both knees are bent at about 90 degrees
  • Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out to far
  • Ensure the other knee doesn’t touch the floor
  • Keep weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position

Keep up the good work everyone!

All the best
Kerry
Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio

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