Athletes and Overuse Injuries

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sports related overuse injuries.

How can an athlete determine if pain is from training or from an injury?

Athletic trainer Justin Perkins discusses pain from training vs. pain from an overuse injury. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How can an athlete determine if pain is from training or from an injury?

The difference between pain from training, and a pain from injury, we tend to see pain from the injury last a little bit longer. Most overuse type injuries, a kid will come to us, and say, "Hey, I've had pain for five to seven days." While, we see a lot of the pain, or the pain from training comes from direct onset of muscle soreness, which lasts normally about 48 to 72 hours. If their pain lasts longer than that, then they tend to come see us, and say, "Hey, it's been four or five days, and this isn't getting any better." Then that's when we go ahead and start treating them.

   

The difference between pain from training, and pain from injury, is that pain from an injury lasts longer. With most overuse injuries, a kid will come to us, and say, "Hey, I've had pain for five to seven days." Pain from training comes from the direct onset of muscle soreness, which normally lasts about 48 to 72 hours. If the pain lasts longer than that, that’s when they come see us and we go ahead and start treating them.

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Source: Jeffrey James, DO, Jon Sulentic, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Justin Perkins, Premier Health athletic trainer; American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases