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Adolescents In Sports Program

Optima Sports Medicine has a program and a team of health professionals, specifically dedicated to addressing the needs of adolescents playing sport - whether it is at a social level, school PE class level, state level or international level. This program is called the Adolescents in Sports Program (AISP).

Optima Sports Medicine - AISP is committed to making a positive contribution to the total education and health of adolescents. Adolescence is a phase of rapid growth and development between childhood and adulthood. Optima Sports Medicine believes that the needs of adolescents are unique and their management requires specialised Physiotherapists who are highly skilled and have extensive knowledge and experience when dealing with clients of this age.

Why we have a program specifically for adolescents playing sport?

Adolescence is a phase of rapid growth and development between childhood and adulthood.

There is growth and development occurring in all body systems including the neuro-musculo-skeletal system (nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and bones). There is also lots of development, growth and changes occurring at a psychological level - adolescents are: trying to find their place in this world, within the family unit, at school, amongst their friends etc; they are establishing their value and belief systems; they are becoming more aware of themselves, particularly in relation to others - peer pressure and body image etc.

Added to this are the loading issues that occur during adolescence: adolescents are required to sit for long periods, often at desks not ergonomically design; they often have to carry heavy school bags as well as sports bags, lap tops etc; they are rapidly changing from one sport to the next; they are often playing and training for sport at loads similar to that expected of professional, fulltime athletes; there is enormous pressure to achieve both on the sporting field and academically; school sport is finite in nature - i.e. there is often only one chance to play in the 1st team.

Therefore, the needs of adolescents are unique; adolescents should not be treated simply as big kids or little adults. The management of the adolescent playing sport thus, requires highly specialised knowledge, skills and experience.


How much activity/sport should adolescents do?

Physical activity is good for you in so many ways. It can provide a huge range of fun experiences, make you feel good, improve your health, and is a great way to relax and enjoy the company of your friends.

Physical activity, where you are on your feet, is particularly important for adolescent girls; together with a good diet, high in calcium, helps build strong bones and to prevent stress fractures and osteoporosis.

The Australian government has put out physical activity recommendations for 12-18 year olds. The recommendations are as follows:

  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity per day
  • This can be build up over the day, it doesn't have to be done all at once
  • It should be of moderate (eg brisk walking, dancing, cycle with friends) to vigorous (eg football, netball, running, swimming laps) intensity
  • Vigorous activities are those that make you huff and puff
  • Try to include 20 minutes or more vigorous exercise 3-4 x/wk

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Sometimes injury or pain will prevent you from exercising and being active. Seeing your sports physiotherapist for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation early, will help to ensure that you are able to be active and to meet these recommendations.



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