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Can we do better? Towards a child-centred approach in the rehabilitation of paediatric sport injuries
  1. Lotte Stausgaard Skrubbeltrang1,
  2. Niels Nygaard Rossing1,
  3. Michael Skovdal Rathleff2,
  4. Jean Côté3,
  5. Sine Agergaard1
  1. 1Health Science and Technology, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg East, Denmark
  2. 2Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  3. 3School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lotte Stausgaard Skrubbeltrang, Health Science and Technology, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg East, Denmark; lss{at}

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The American National SAFE KIDS Campaign estimates that >3.5 million children are injured annually during sports or recreational activities.1 More than 50% of these injuries are overuse injuries. This may be caused by an increased adulteration and professionalisation of youth sport,2 which contributes to children often specialising in one sport at an early age and intensifying their time in sport-specific training. Such augmented volume and frequency of training combined with little time to recovery increase the risk of injuries.3 Evidence shows that injuries may persist and force withdrawal from sport, disrupt friendships, lower quality of life and cause physical impairments in children.4 With a high number of sports-related injuries in children, we need effective and meaningful approaches that integrate child-specific needs and challenges into rehabilitation. The aim of this editorial is to issue a call for action towards child-centred rehabilitation for paediatric patients.

From injury focused to child-centred rehabilitation

Much of the literature on the treatment of paediatric sports injuries focus on the physical injury with load management, strengthening exercises and consideration of surgical/non-surgical interventions.5 6 …

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  • Contributors The idea for the editorial was developed by LSS, NNR, MSR, JC and SA. LSS and NNR composed the initial draft and contributed equally to this paper and want to acknowledge this by a joint first authorship. All authors contributed to further content and development, writing and final approval of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.