The developing body of a junior athlete is very different to that of an adult, and is prone to different injuries. As a result these injuries require different treatment plans. We also understand that young athletes often have a high training load, and may be part of multiple teams and events, and the importance of still being able to compete.

Common Injuries in Junior Athletes

  1. Osgood-Schlatter Disease: This is an overuse injury in the knee where the patella tendon attaches to the growth plate on the tibia (shin bone). This can cause inflammation, swelling and pain, especially with activities that require repetitive movement of the knee such as stairs, running and jumping. This is often seen in children who are in their growing phase and are very active. It is generally easy to treat if identified and treated early, with no long-term complications. There is a greater risk of complications if no treatment is sought.
  2. Sever’s Disease: Similar to Osgood-Schlatter’s, Sever’s Disease occurs where the Achilles tendon inserts onto the growth plate on the heel bone. This can cause pain and discomfort with walking and running, and children may start to change the way they are moving as a result. Treatment may consist of activity modification, strengthening, stretching, footwear review, heel lifts, taping, soft-tissue release and pain management.


  1. Growing Pains: Bones generally grow quicker than muscles, which may result in some aches and pains, often in the legs or back. It is important not to assume that any pain in children is just ‘growing pains’. If this is the cause of discomfort, however, treatment such as stretching, strengthening, soft-tissue release and activity modification can help with discomfort.


At ECP Physiotherapy, we treat junior athletes with extra care. Pain in children is not ‘normal’ and precautions should be taken to ensure that their growing bodies are safe. We can help to work out what the cause of the pain is and to help them to get back to their favourite activities as soon as possible, with no ongoing issues.

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