Too Young to Hurt?

“You’re too young to be hurting like that!”

“Quit complaining, you’re still young. How do you think I feel?”

^^ Phrases that irk me^^

Guess what? You CAN hurt and be young at the same time. And if you are hurting on a regular basis you should tell someone: your doctor, nurse practitioner, your mom/dad, chiropractor, someone who will listen to you. Sometimes “walking it off” isn’t really the right thing to do. Other times a little ice and getting back up is just what you need. But it really doesn’t have anything to do with being old or young.

Young people hurt, too. High school sports can be rough on a growing body. Have you watched a practice lately? (I cringe) While high school athletes are injured at around the same rate as professional athletes, their growing bodies mean that they’re often injured in different ways. Since bones grow before muscles and tendons do, youth are more susceptible to muscle, tendon, and growth plate injuries. Sprains, strains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness  are among the most common injuries among young athletes. Boys are most likely to experience athletic injuries while playing ice hockey, rugby and soccer, while soccer, basketball and gymnastics lead to the most injuries in girls. Let’s not forget about head injuries and football.

Rest and massage therapy can help with repetitive motion injuries and general muscle soreness, as well as fatigue. Yes, teens and children can get massage, too. You know how much it helps you, so why not your children?

Parents, if your teenager is asking for ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other pain relievers on a very regular basis you may be dealing with an injury. Take her somewhere. He may need to see a doctor or have an x-ray. They have the rest of their lives to live. It’s our job to prepare them for the future, but it’s also our job to protect them for the future. A missed game here or there may seem like the end of the world now but looking for the source and treating the pain should be more important. How many people do you know who are hobbling around in their not-so-old thirties with an old knee injury? How many of these injuries could have been prevented or at least made less severe?

When we say things like the above comments we might make that person seem weak or dramatic. Those things get said to me all the time if I mention an ache or pain I have. Someone older than me inevitably tells me that I’m too young to hurt. So this goes for you not-so-old thirty and forty somethings, too. You may need to see your doctor. Maybe a massage or two will put a spring back in your step.

Persistent pain is your body trying to tell you something. Are you listening?

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