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Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul;31(3):441-51. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2012.03.013. Epub 2012 May 3.

Spinal deformity in young athletes.

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Primary Care Sports Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Young athletes may have a spinal deformity incidentally or potentially related to their sport. These athletes should be encouraged to continue sports participation in many instances. Brace wear is commonly used for kyphotic and scoliosis deformities. Many sports can be played in the brace. Even with sports that cannot practically be played in the brace, most bracing protocols have enough time out of brace during the day for the athlete to continue participation. However, good physical therapy for flexibility and strengthening of the spine should be continued. Even sports that potentially aggravate the deformity may be continued in these circumstances.

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