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Athletic Overuse Injuries

Overuse Sports Injuries Could Shorten Your Child’s Athletic Season Before It
Gets Started

Students everywhere are preparing to say goodbye to the lazy (or crazy!)
days of summer and head back to school, but for some students the new school
year has already begun as many athletic programs have launched strength and
conditioning camps in preparation for their intensive preseason practice
schedules. As a parent of a young athlete, you can be proud of your child’s
hard work and commitment, but you may want to provide a word of caution to
your budding superstar. Hard work and training are essential to success, but
overwork and overtraining can be counterproductive and, sometimes, downright

Athletic overuse injuries are on the rise, and the problem is becoming
almost as pervasive as the obesity problem among our youth. An overuse
injury is caused by repetitive movement of the same muscle group without
sufficient rest to allow for the natural reparative process to take place.
This can result in micro-traumatic damage to the muscle, bone, or tendon
leading to varying degrees of pain and swelling depending on the seriousness
of the injury. Adequate stretching and proper form in movement along with
sufficient rest of the muscle group can help prevent these injuries, but
sometimes your child’s desire to practice (or your desire for your child’s
athletic achievement) is stronger than his or her body.

If your child does develop this type of injury, the best course of action is
to first evaluate its magnitude. If it only hurts when the movement is being
made, have your child stop the movement, take an over-the-counter
anti-inflammatory, and put some ice on it. If the area continues to hurt for
hours after its use, bring you child to Hillcrest Medical where our caring,
professional team will assess the injury and give your young athlete the
best possible treatment to help insure his or her athletic success now and
for years to come.

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