It’s a funny thing, growing. Maybe I’m edging towards being long-in-the-tooth, but surely it can’t only be me who thinks that teenagers are getting scarily big these days?

The end of the school holidays and a return to uniform has led to a spate of ‘fix him quick please- rugby season’s starting’ appointments.

Yesterday, as I stood in the shadow cast by a six-foot-four thirteen year old, I wondered if there was really any truth to the concept of that our food’s nutritional content is declining through over-farming? Perhaps today’s youth is, instead, thriving on a diet of GM, bovine synthetic hormones and selfies?

Perhaps I should feel content in my diminutive stature. Height, and its rapid acquirement of, brings with it its own unique difficulties.

Let’s set the scene. Imagine you’re a teenage ‘boy’ who plays football five times a week; you’re a dutiful participant in six-thirty am weekday swim training sessions, and your coach has just decided you’re a bit nifty at butterfly. When asked to carry out a single-legged squat during your MSK clinic assessment, you manage a ‘Jail House Rock’ rubber band knee action that any would make any Elvis impersonator proud. Or maybe you’re a coy, door frame-ducking, hypermobile fourteen year old, who has spent the summer ‘perfecting’ his not-so-wonderful ‘straight leg hiking’ technique in a boat- whilst going through a two-shoe-size growth spurt.

Either way, it’s rectus femoris traction apophysitis 1: Rugby team selection: nil

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Dr Cath Spencer-Smith is a Consultant Physician in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Director of Sportdoc London. Cath is passionate about the diagnosis and management of all musculoskeletal conditions, and has expertise in getting to the bottom of persistent problems, such as hip and groin pain. She works with Olympians, through to the occasional exerciser.

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