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Pediatric Sprains and Strains

The majority of sports injuries are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments and/or tendons, including:

  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Sprains
  • Strains

The most commonly sprained or strained joint is the ankle.

The three ligaments involved in ankles sprains or strains include the following:

    Illustration demonstrating the three ligaments involved in ankle sprains/strains
  • Anterior talofibular ligament
  • Posterior talofibular ligament
  • Calcaneofibular ligament

Sprains or strains are uncommon in younger children because their growth plates (areas of bone growth located in the ends of long bones) are weaker than the muscles or tendons. Instead, children are prone to fractures.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

Diagnosis

Treatments

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Departments

Departments

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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