Adolescence is a period of rapid growth and physical development between childhood and adulthood. It is an exciting phase of life, but it is also a very vulnerable moment. As Physiotherapist I have a huge responsibility but also a great honour and privilege in working with adolescents to improve their health and well-being.
Growth and development happen in all body systems, musculoskeletal system included, which is particularly important in Sports Physiotherapy.
Some disorders and injuries are specific of adolescence, typical examples are Os Good Schlatters, Sinding Larsen Johansson, Severe’s, etc. Some injuries that are also present in professional athletes have their higher prevalence and incidence during adolescence. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) ruptures, patellofemoral joint pain and shoulder sub-luxation can be numbered among these. If not properly managed after their onset, these injuries can be maintained for long periods of time and the may cause pain even during the adulthood.
The adolescent needs are unique and for this reason adolescents have to be treated differently than adults. The management of adolescents practising sports requires a high level of technical knowledge and expertise.