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The young and reckless: the influence of age on sports injury

Age and maturity may put younger athletes at risk for certain types of injuries. Jason Tee explains how development impacts injury risk and examines how to support young athletes for life-long activity. While increasing age increases overall injury risk in athletes, clinicians may misinterpret that fact and ignore the injury risk in the young(1). Indeed, older athletes (30 years or greater) need careful management due to longer recovery needs. However, increasing maturity is not the only way age is an injury risk factor(2). Injury profiles differ between adult and

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