How to prevent sports injuries in children

Playing sport is generally fun for children, but minimising risks is important.

GPs know that playing sport is ideally both safe and enjoyable. It allows for children to have fun, learn new gross motor and social skills, and make friends.

sports injuries

One downside of playing sport, however, is the risk of an injury occurring, often caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can withstand structurally.

Acute vs chronic

Sports injuries can be classified as acute (pain for less than 3-6 months) or chronic (pain for more than 3-6 months).

Acute injuries generally occur suddenly.