Sports Injuries

ABC Pediatrics Fresno -  - Pediatrician

ABC Pediatrics Fresno

Pediatrician located in Fresno, CA

Sports injuries can prevent children and adolescents from enjoying the activities they love. At ABC Pediatrics Fresno in Fresno, California, Katayoon Shahinfar, MD, uses her more than 20 years of experience to diagnose and treat a variety of common sports injuries. Don’t wait to seek medical guidance if your child has or is prone to sports injuries. Call ABC Pediatrics Fresno to learn more.

Sports Injuries Q&A

What are sports injuries?

A sports injury is any type of physical trauma that occurs during sports or exercise. While overtraining is a common risk factor for adults, children can also develop sports injuries from poor form, lack of conditioning, and more. 

For many children, sports injuries stem from specialization at an early age. Sports injuries are more likely in children who are training for a specific sport. Overuse and overtraining can stress specific body parts, such as the knees or shoulders. 

As an experienced pediatrician, Dr. Shahinfar can help identify any of your child’s sports injury risk factors, such as asthma, poor coordination or form, or weak ankles. 

What are the most common sports injuries in children?

Children and teens are vulnerable to many different types of sports injuries, including:

Little league elbow

Little league elbow is a common sports injury that develops from repetitive stress on the elbow. It most often occurs in children and teens who play baseball and softball, both of which add stress to the elbow and the muscles and ligaments that support it.

Shin splints

Shin splints occur when the muscles, ligaments, and tissue in the front part of the lower leg become irritated. Pain and poor range of motion in this area commonly develop from repetitive stress and overuse of the shins.

Swimmer’s shoulder

Swimmer’s shoulder occurs when the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder becomes stretched, inflamed, and damaged. It can limit the range of motion in the shoulder and lead to debilitating pain.

Other common sports injuries in children and teens include eye injuries, concussions, fractures, sprains, and muscle strains.

How are sports injuries treated in children?

The best way to treat a sports injury is to prevent it in the first place. 

If your child is enrolled in competitive sports, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shahinfar. She can perform a sports physical to identify any potential risk factors for sports injuries that your child may have. She can pinpoint areas that require conditioning, such as slow reflexes or poor range of motion. 

If necessary, Dr. Shahinfar can recommend specific strengthening exercises or stretches to increase your child's flexibility.

Some injuries occur even with the best preventive measures in place. If your child has a sports injury, schedule a visit with Dr. Shahinfar. After an exam, she may recommend:

  • Rest and elevation
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Compression
  • Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Immobilization 

To learn more about sports injuries, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno to schedule an appointment today.