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trentin Fri 18-Nov-16 11:39:58

Hi - not sure where to put this but thought might catch some parents of growing boys here. DS is 14 and going through a growth spurt. He does a lot of sport (running/ football) and is suffering with growth related pains for which he has been recommended various stretching and strengthening exercises by physio. But its a real drag having to keep nagging him to do them.

The physio suggested maybe some sessions with a coach as they don't really cover this in his normal coaching but obviously will involve more expense. Just wondering if anyone has been through the same and what worked for you.

Murphxx01 Fri 18-Nov-16 13:08:43

Same here - my son has Osgood Schlatter and it's a constant battle to get the exercises done daily. We set phone reminders daily and I no longer nag, just ask once.
The exercises, together with regular sports massages really do work and he really notices the increase in pain if he skips too many exercises - that's the only driver to get him to do them.
Good luck

trentin Fri 18-Nov-16 14:29:50

Murph - poor your DS. Osgood Schlatters is horrid and frustrating. Has your DS managed to keep playing his sport despite of it? DS is still training but its hard for him to know that he's not doing as well as he could because everything hurts.

I was wondering about a kind of sticker chart (back to the potty training days) but maybe someone knows a good app that could do the same thing and might be more appealing to DS.

Murphxx01 Fri 18-Nov-16 15:43:34

He ended up having to take five months off sport (which was really frustrating for him) as he didn't do his exercises which resulted in other complications with ankles & legs. That was the turning point for us as no amount of nagging worked.

It's so difficult but easier if you can make it part of a routine e.g. after brushing teeth.

Allthebestnamesareused Sun 20-Nov-16 15:27:42

Cycling is a really good exercise for Osgood schlatters. If he isn't keen on cycling outside what about an exercise bike in front of the tv (MTV) or even in front of the PS4.

Youngest of 3 boys (all have been through it) currently grown 11 inches in 14 months and suffering.

Also make sure that any training is done on sprung or soft (grass) and not hard/astro as this is too hard impact on the knees.

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