Athletes and Overuse Injuries

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

What are the most common sports overuse injuries?

Athletic trainer Justin Perkins discusses the most common sports overuse injuries. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the most common sports overuse injuries?

Sports that we see the most common overuse injuries tend to be sports, like in the springtime we see a lot of things in track and field, running type overuse injuries, shin splints, patellar tendinitis, things of that nature, Achilles tendinitis. We also see in the springtime, we see with baseball, softball, we see a lot of biceps tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis. More shoulder type overuse injuries, but we do have some of that stuff that creeps into the fall also, with our cross country athletes, with the running type injuries. A lot of quarterbacks, we can see a lot of shoulder stuff with that.

Then, in the winter, we see quite a few overuse injuries. More with the deconditioned wrestlers, lower leg type overuse stuff. Then sometimes you see in basketball players, just an overuse just from a lot of overhead shooting, and things of that nature.

The lower leg overuse injuries we see a lot of in track and field, those kind of athletes. We also see them in the fall a lot, in cross country too.


The most common sports-related overuse injuries vary depending on the season. In the spring we see running-type overuse injuries from track and field like shin splints, patellar tendinitis and achilles tendinitis. With baseball and softball, we see a lot of biceps tendinitis and rotator cuff tendinitis and more shoulder overuse injuries. In the fall we see running injuries with cross-country athletes. A lot of football quarterbacks get shoulder-related problems.

In the winter, we see deconditioned wrestlers experience lower leg overuse issues. Basketball players can hurt their arms and shoulders with too much overhead shooting.

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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