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Sideline Management From Head to Toe of the Skeletally Immature Athlete

Schupp, Christian M. MD, FACSM; Bedgood, Alysia MD

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May/June 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 162–169
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182913cac
Sideline and Event Management: Section Articles

Many articles have been written on specific injury patterns and types of injuries that occur in sports, but few have addressed sideline management with a specific focus on the injuries affecting skeletally immature athletes. This article will review the most common injuries that can occur with the skeletally immature athlete from head to toe in comparison to a skeletally mature or adult athlete. It will address also how to approach these injuries from a sideline and sports medicine perspective, thus providing insight for health care professionals to evaluate and treat young athletes that could allow them to return to sports safely.

Methodist Center for Sports Medicine, Houston, TX

Address for correspondence: Christian M. Schupp, MD, FACSM, Methodist Center for Sports Medicine, 13802 Centerfield Drive, Ste. 300, Houston, TX 77070; E-mail:

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