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Sports-related injuries are the leading cause of injury among adolescents. Dual-fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon, Alfred Mansour, M.D., team physician for the NBA Houston Rockets, parent of three and former NCAA All-American athlete, shares his tried-and-true advice for parents of kids with big dreams.

  • Commonly young athletes will experience acute injuries such as broken bones, but most injuries – such as elbow or shoulder problems – are due to overuse. Growth plate or stress injuries are compounded by insufficient conditioning.
  • Many outdoor activities – in addition to organized sports – are great for conditioning. Freeze tag, chase, cycling, swimming, tennis, hiking and vigorous family activities build coordination, muscle strength and endurance.
  • Make sure your child is both physically and mentally prepared for the sport. Have a pre-participation medical exam, especially if your child has pre-existing conditions, so you can develop an action plan.
  • Watch for limping or swelling. Learn to differentiate between pain around muscles, which is usually normal, and pain around joints, which can be a sign of something worse. Also watch for declines in performance, outward changes in technique or loss of enthusiasm about the sport.

For more information regarding pediatric orthopedic treatments contact us using our online form or call us at (713)704-5437.

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IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute at the Texas Medical Center
6400 Fannin St
Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza - 16th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
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