Growth plate fractures often are caused by a fall or a blow to the limb, as might occur in:

  • A car accident
  • Competitive sports, such as football, basketball, running, dancing or gymnastics
  • Recreational activities, such as biking, sledding, skiing or skateboarding

Growth plate fractures can occasionally be caused by overuse, which can occur during sports training or repetitive throwing.

Jun. 29, 2013