According to a study conducted by Loyola University Medical Center Sports Medicine physician Neeru Jayanthi, under the age of 18, lower back injuries are the third most common type of injury amongst the young athletes. Some injuries are even so severe that they require months of recovery time from the playing field and even placing them at an elevated risk for the future. The study consisted of 1200 young athletes that have experienced 843 injuries such as lower back, knee, ankle and head injuries. With the plethora of back ailments present in the study, it was suggested that a persistent back pain of two weeks or longer, it is crucial for an athlete to see seek the attention of a sports medicine physician. The outcome of an improperly treated injury such as a stress fracture, can result in long term damage to an individual. Arching of the lower back( hyperextention), is a one of the common causes of back injuries along side a lack of strengthening to the back and core muscles. However, the highest risk is the overall amount of extensive training performed by the athlete. The study advised that those experiencing back injuries were involved in a longer amount of play time of their sport. The study further suggested that specializing in a specific sports leads to an increased risk for injury. Neeru Jayanthi, recommended that we should be aware between the correlation of the children’s age and the intensity to which they are specializing in a sport, as well as a series of tips to reduce the risk of injuries.
This article was recommended by Peak Performance athletic trainer for Hewlett High School, Melanie Gordon.