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Medstar Monday - Week 9

Growing Pains

Pain is our body warning signal that something isn right, it not something to be ignored. It normal to have soreness in muscles when trying a new activity or when increasing work demand. However, when the pain persists, or if your child can maintain their level of play, it’s time to take a deeper look into why. To state the obvious, traumatic injuries should be addressed immediately, but sometimes it’s the slower onset of pain that is more difficult to navigate.

Coaches and parents should encourage athletes to speak up about what they are feeling concerning their bodies. Injuries are not to be ignored. Kids often feel pressured about missing playing time or falling behind, however, please reiterate to them that more time will be missed if they push past their body pain cues. Addressing pain early could lessen time away from sport and help keep our youth athletes healthy.

Many people have heard of growing pains. It’s not uncommon for our bodies to get a little uncomfortable during periods of growth as bones often grow faster than muscles. However, pain that isn’t lessening with a week or two of rest, or pain that seems out of proportion to the cause should be investigated, especially when located in the heels, knees or back. Pain is not normal, address it before it becomes a bigger issue!

Here are some tell tale signs when you should seek medical attention for your child:

1. Persistent pain at night

2. Noticing your child is not walking or running normally

3. If your child is complaining of pain in their heels, front of their knees or back that not going away with rest 4. Pain affecting your child’s concentration in school

If you are not sure whether or not your child should see a doctor, feel free to reach out to [email protected].

CLICK HERE for  a link to an informational article about FC Barcelona's new star, 16 year old Ansu Fati, sidelined due to growing pains.

Baltimore Union Sports Medicine Team

Union Sports Medicine Liaison: Bryan Caplan, DPT, MTC ([email protected])
Athletic Trainer:Amber Radtke, MS, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES ([email protected])
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jay Dyer, CSCS ([email protected])
Vice President of MedStar Sport Medicine: Sean Huffman
Director of MedStar Sports Medicine Research: Andy Lincoln

Baltimore City (Harbor Hospital)
Physician: Jeffrey Mayer, Leigh Ann Curl
Sports PT: Chadd Baldwin
Concussion PT: Emily Coates

Baltimore County (Franklin Square)
Urgent Care: MedStar Franklin Square ED
Physician: Frank Dawson, David Cohen, Christopher Looze
Sports PT: Ryan Zimmerman
Concussion PT: Michael Ariete, Jana Bille

Baltimore County (Dundalk)
Physician: Kelly Ryan
Sports & Concussion PT: Laura Long

Baltimore County (Timonium)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care Towson
Physician: Andrew Tucker, Richard Levine, Melita Moore
Sports PT: Chad Keller
Concussion PT: Patrick Miller

Harford County (Bel Air)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Physician: Sean Curtain
Sports PT: Chelsea Mitchell
Concussion PT: Adrienne Nelson
Concussion PT: Tori Palmer

Baltimore County (Perry Hall)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Sports PT: Stephanie Stover
Concussion PT: Mark Musselman

MedStar Sports Medicine is the official medical team for the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Blast, Washington Spirit, and more than 50 additional professional, collegiate, high school, and club teams.


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