Back Injuries in Pediatric Athletes

Get more comfortable diagnosing and treating back troubles in active kids with this talk from sports medicine specialist Rhonda A. Watkins, MD, MPH. She discusses basics (including how often you’ll fail to identify a cause), keys to an informative physical exam, red flags that warrant referral, and risks of specific sports. Learn new imaging recommendations, which patients to monitor, and specifics of how Watkins handles return-to-play.

Learning Objectives:

  • List common causes of back pain in children
  • Identify indications for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic interventions for children with back pain
  • Describe sport-specific considerations for back pain
  • Provide return to sport guidance for athletes with overuse related back pain


May 15, 2023


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Rhonda Watkins, MD, MPH

Rhonda Watkins, MD, MPH

Primary care sports medicine specialist, Former Olympic track and field athlete turned sports doctor