As you probably remember my OQMA(#2) discussed childhood (17 years-old and younger) overuse injuries, but what I did not come to was a conclusion of who is responsible, or who is MOST responsible. Is it up the parents to monitor their kids, or is it up to the coaches to put strict activity limitations on their athletes, or finally, is it up to health professionals to spread awareness of overuse injuries to both parents and coaches? Are there different ages when the primary responsibility shifts?
Of course I am going to say it is a three-headed monster, but I believe primarily it is up to the parents regardless of the athlete’s age, because parents truly know how much activity the children are taking part in. Coaches may not know that their athletes are participating in two other teams, or other activities outside of their current team. Parents must WANT to become educated regarding their childrens’ health and seek the advice of medical professionals. PTs, ATs, and DCs cannot be expected to provide everyone with all information, so it is up to parents (and coaches) to seek out information regarding their children/athletes.
What is your take on the situation? Who is responsible? Is there any responsibility put on the athlete?