It is estimated that more than 30 million children and adolescents are involved in organized sports and many others in recreational sports in the United States. This means that practically every primary care clinician must deal on a daily basis with issues related to sports participation of children and adolescents. Medical schools, residency programs, nursing and nurse practitioner training programs, and physician assistant programs provide limited training on sports-related topics. The result is that clinicians need help when making decisions related to sports participation by children and adolescents as well as when confronted with a sports-related injury in this population. Another aspect of sports medicine in this particular subpopulation is that growth and development in children and adolescents are continual, which may affect their emotional and physical response to sports and sport-related issues.
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