Play Safe, Play Smart: Your Guide to Paediatric Sports Injuries

by Dr. M S Somanna

Welcome back to the Aster CMI Hospital blog, where we bring you expert insights into various facets of healthcare. Today, we have the honor of hosting Dr. M. S. Somanna, Senior Consultant in the Department of Orthopedics at Aster CMI Hospital, Hebbal. Dr. Somanna is here to unravel the intricacies of a topic that concerns many parents and guardians – pediatric sports injuries.

In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of young children and adolescents seeking medical attention for sports-related injuries. According to Dr. Somanna, this surge can be attributed to the increasing involvement of kids in organized sports. As children dedicate themselves to a single sport from a young age and undergo intensive training, the likelihood of injuries rises.

These injuries typically fall into two categories – acute injuries resulting from falls or twists, affecting bones, growth plates, or muscles, and chronic overuse injuries caused by repetitive activities. Dr. Somanna notes that during adolescence, a growth spurt introduces vulnerabilities in specific body parts, such as the growth plate, bones, or muscle-bone junction, leading to wear and tear.

What sets pediatric sports injuries apart is the unique physiology of children. Dr. Somanna emphasizes that children are not scaled-down versions of adults. As a result, treatment protocols must be highly specific to their age group. The focus lies on rehabilitation, injury prevention, and nutrition tailored to meet their unique needs.

"At Aster CMI Hospital, we recognize the importance of a holistic approach to pediatric sports injuries," says Dr. Somanna. The hospital has established a comprehensive program for sports injury prevention, collaborating with top sports physiotherapists, nutritionists, and qualified doctors specially trained in pediatric sports injuries. Dr. Somanna encourages parents with questions or concerns about their child's sports-related injuries to reach out to Aster CMI Hospital directly. The hospital is committed to providing assistance and ensuring the well-being of every child.

In conclusion, pediatric sports injuries require a nuanced understanding and a specialized approach. Dr. Somanna's expertise sheds light on the importance of tailored treatment for children, ensuring they can continue to enjoy the benefits of sports while minimizing the risk of injuries. Stay tuned for more insightful articles from Aster CMI Hospital – your trusted partner in healthcare.