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Posted by: Ginger | 2007/03/01

Osgood Schlatter syndrome

My son is 14 and has been advised by the orthopedic surgeon to limit his sport due to Osgood Schlatter syndrome. He is an inveterate cricketer and plays for the province at U13 level. he is 13 and has been diagnosed about a year ago during soccer season. His knees are not as acutely sore as they were at first, but are chronically achey. He is keen to play rugby, but we know the sport is hard on knees. The surgeon said the syndrome would improve significantly by age 15. What aspect of the game is tough on rugby player's knees in particular? What damage happens? How safe is it to play rugby with OS syndrome before he is 15 or is this a certain recipe for disaster? What is likely to happen if he plays anyway?

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Hi Ginger

Stressing the knee by running, jumpiing, squats and other exercises causes the pain to appear. Whenever there is pain, then a person does not work to their full potential.
Damage can be to the patella region of the knee ( the knee cap).
One can play but the pain will limit performance and is not really a good idea.
At the very least, give him 3 months off and he should be stretching his hamstrings and Quadriceps as these are often too tight, then retry playing, if he must..


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Posted by: ant | 2007/03/07

i suffered the same syndrome as a jnr. The only remedy is rest. Allowing him to continue on the field will only cause a lot of pain later in life. If he continues the lumps / sensitive area on the front of the knee below the knee cap may calcify and then kneeling / anything similar will be painful for years to come. Get him into a pool and let him shine as a swimmer / waterpolo for a year. He will keep fit, develope strength and muscle tone and then return to form on the fields very quickly and without the pain.

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