Common Bone Fractures Among Young Athletes

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Common Bone Fractures Among Young Athletes

If you are the parent of a young athlete, you naturally worry about them being injured. Because they are still growing, young athletes are particularly susceptible to bone fractures.

Common Bone Fractures

While some fractures are caused by blunt trauma or falls, many common bone fractures experienced by young athletes are considered stress fractures. These are often caused by overuse.

Common fractures from blunt trauma or overuse include:

  • Tibia (shin bone)
  • Fibula (outer lower leg bone)
  • Metatarsals (forefoot bones)
  • Fingers
  • Distal Radius or Ulna Fractures (wrist)
  • Collarbones

Increased Risk Factors for Common Fractures

The risk for fractures increases based on whether a young athlete:

  • Has low body weight
  • Isn’t eating a proper diet with enough calcium
  • Has existing biomechanical abnormalities such as flat feet or high arches
  • Participates in high-impact activity
  • Hasn’t been trained properly
  • Has had prior stress fractures
  • Isn’t wearing proper safety equipment

If your child has suffered a bone fracture, you want them to receive the best care possible to ensure a speedy recovery that will allow them to get back to the sports activities they love. 3D Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center offers on-site x-rays and provides fast treatment. As sports medicine specialists, Dr. David Dominquez and Dr. Allison Wade will work with you to develop strategies for preventing future fractures.