“Adolescence is a specific and unique developmental phase that differs substantially to childhood or adulthood. It is defined by growth and development.” (Dr Loretta O’Sullivan-Pippia, Australian Sports Physiotherapist.)
Sporting injuries are the leading cause of injury to this 12-19 age group. Bone is highly sensitive to loading during this phase of growth and there are a range of conditions that are unique to adolescence. It is vitally important that these injuries are managed appropriately, so they do not carry on into adulthood.