More Than Just a Funny Bone: Preventing Growth Plate Injury

Learn how to quickly identify and avoid growth plate injuries in adolescent and children’s sports.

Adults and youth face the same risk of bone injuries, but because a child’s bones are still growing, children, unlike adults, are susceptible to growth plate injuries. Growth plate injuries are common in competitive youth athletes and must be quickly and correctly identified to prevent permanent damage.


All parents of growing athletes, as well as coaches and trainers who work with youth athletes, should fully understand the function and importance of growth plates. This article will explain:

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