Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre SPRIG program (Stretch Proactively to Reduce Injury to Growth-plates)
At Dunsborough Physiotherapy Centre we are committed to reducing injury rates in children / adolescents in our community. Physical activity is a vital part of a well-rounded lifestyle. By reducing the rates of growth-plate injuries we are helping to keep the children / adolescents of Dunsborough and surrounding areas active, and lessening the risk of long-term issues related to these growth-plate injuries which can hamper the ability to remain active in the future.
What is a Growth-Plate?
Growth-Plate Apophysitis / Osteochondrosis: What is it?
3 types of growth-plate injuries addressed by SPRIG program
How do I know if my child has a growth-plate injury? The Warning Signs
Pain with activity including running, kicking, and jumping.
Loss of pace, particularly acceleration on the playing field.
Pain with stretching of the quadriceps / calves.
Growth-plate injuries: Risk Factors
Inflexibility: during growth-spurts bones lengthen at a rate faster than muscles can accommodate and therefore inflexibility develops. This increases pulling (tractioning) at the growth-plate site.
Poor footwear / poor arch support: footwear with a lack of cushioning / a lack of arch support increases the load through the growth-plates. Greater shock is absorbed through the growth-plate on landing. Over-pronation of the foot also increases load through the growth-plates.
Age (growth-spurts): Osgood Schlatter disease affects boys aged 13-15, and girls aged 11-12. Sinding-Larsen-Johansson syndrome affects 10-15 year olds. Sever's disease affects 10-12 year old boys and girls aged 8-10 years old.
Gender: boys are 2-3 times more likely to suffer a growth-plate injury.
Prior injury: around half the children presenting with a growth-plate injury have had a prior injury to the affected area.
Lack of conditioning: poor muscle tone / endurance and being overweight increases risk of growth-plate injury.
Exercise: active children involved in running, jumping and kicking sports are at greater risk.
Arthritic change: behind the knee-cap.
Long-term loss of muscle bulk / strength.
Avulsion fracture: a rare complication if not managed correctly
How to Prevent Growth-Plate Injuries
Stretching: stretching the quads and calves effectively and regularly to relieve the pulling force on growth-plates.
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