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Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Mar;43 Suppl 1:S135-40. doi: 10.1007/s00247-012-2602-0. Epub 2013 Mar 12.

Shoulder injuries in young athletes.

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  • 1Baylor College of Medicine, 6701 Fannin St., Ste. 660, Houston, TX 77077, USA.


With increasing levels of competition at earlier ages, young athletes are becoming more susceptible to shoulder injuries. Overuse injuries in throwers are common conditions seen in pediatric and adolescent athletes. Little League shoulder and superior labial injuries are common due to the repetitive and high rotational forces placed on the shoulder during the throwing motion. Shoulder instability as a result of traumatic events occurring in collision sports is another frequent reason for young athletes to present to a sports medicine clinic. Although no operative treatment is often the first-line treatment for most of these injuries, shoulder surgery is becoming increasingly warranted in these young patients. Advanced cross-sectional imaging is important in guiding treatment for many of these injuries.

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