The object of all health education is to change the conduct of individual men, women and children by teaching them to care for their bodies well
(Charles H. Mayo, 1865–1939).
For primary prevention in orthopaedics, sports education in childhood and adolescence is of the utmost importance. This cannot start early enough given the developmental processes and motor learning capacities at this age. The requirements of sports education must always correspond to the motor abilities and interests of children and adolescents at any age.
It is of decisive importance that as well at school, in an association and in their spare times fun in sport, play and effort is at the forefront. Performance is not always the most important thing, engagement is at least as important. This is especially true for children with weaker joint functions. Children who "don't like sports" often have a weaker skeleton and that requires more than average commitment from them. It is up to the sports and play leader to keep an eye on this and to act accordingly.
When the first complaints to the musculoskeletal system occur, motor education / training have priority in order to remedy them and prevent aggravation or recurrence.
At the same time, experience is gained that professionally learned and correctly dosed motor activityreduces or even eliminates pain for a long time and can regain again a state of well-being. Only through these experiences can people be motivated to develop an active lifestyle.
It was Cato the Elder, the Roman general, writer and statesman who said: “Old age, like disease, should be fought against. Care must be bestowed upon the health.”