Athletes and Overuse Injuries

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

What other factors contribute to overuse injuries?

Dr. Jeffrey James describes factors that contribute to sports-related overuse injuries. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What other factors contribute to overuse injuries?

There's a lot of things that contribute to overuse injuries. Most commonly, it can be training errors. So, when you're involved in multiple sports and you're doing repetitive activities over time and you're maybe involved in two sports or just not giving yourself adequate time to rest, your body can't recover and that can lead to overuse injuries. Secondly is technique errors. So, if you're doing things in the wrong fashion. So, maybe swinging a bat or a golf club and your body just has muscular imbalances or you're doing it in the wrong fashion, it can lead to an injury. Going back to some of the training errors, oftentimes it's people that get involved in activities too quickly for what their body's used to. So, if you think of a runner. We expect people to gradually build up their mileage, but some people just try and go out and run two or three miles and they end up with stress fractures or other injuries because their body's not used to it.

 

Many things contribute to overuse injuries. Most commonly it is training errors. When you're involved in multiple sports and you're doing repetitive activities over time and you're not giving yourself adequate time to rest, your body can't recover. That can lead to overuse injuries. Think of a runner. We expect people to gradually build up their mileage, but some people just go out and run two or three miles and they end up with stress fractures or other injuries because their body's not used to it.

A second cause is technique errors. If you're swinging a bat or a golf club and your body has muscular imbalances, or you're doing it in the wrong fashion, it can lead to an injury.

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