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Feb172011

Teens: Growing Pains or Stress Fracture? 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) - Some researchers worry that your teenager's doctor could be dismissing stress fractures from athletics as simple growing pains, reports WebMD.

Research suggests that such fractures are under-reported in teens, with a majority of the injuries occurring in those who participate in track, cross country, basketball, soccer and football.

''Parents should be aware, this is a problem, and it's a greater problem than people necessarily think," Andrew Goodwillie, chief resident at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, told WebMD.

According to Goodwillie, stress fractures occur when an overworked muscle transfers stress to the bone, resulting in small cracks or fractures. The problem is more common in girls than boys.

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