Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric Sports Physiotherapy

Canadian researchers report that 84 percent kids between the ages of 3-17 are participating in some type of sport and 60 percent are doing it on an organized basis. It is also estimated that 66% of injuries among adolescents are due to sport

There are special considerations for the paediatric athlete including:

  • Implementing strategies to avoid excess strain to growth plates (epiphyseal plate injuries)
  • Being cognizant of accelerated growth spurts and the impact on the skeletal and muscular systems
  • Considering core stability of the lumbar spine and pelvis based on age and development
  • Determining extensibility of the myofacsial system, whether hypermobile (excessively flexible) or hypomobile (decreased flexibility)
  • Identifying relative injury risk based on sport participation and level of competition.

When to consult a physiotherapist

  • To implement a sport specific strength and conditioning program tailored to your child’s needs to mitigate injury risk.
  • To perform a globalized range of motion/flexibility assessment to determine areas of vulnerability for injury.
  • For physiotherapy following a traumatic injury such as a sprain or a fracture
  • To assess areas of pain in order to identify overuse injuries early.

Common injuries in children

  • Jumper’s knee patellar tendonitis
  • Little League Elbow/Shoulder (common in overhead throwing athletes)
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder (rotator cuff tendonosis)
  • Shin Splints