Article From: usatodayhss.com – May 4, 2016 – Written by: Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC President, National Athletic Trainers’ Association
In a previous column, I discussed the dangers of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears facing pitchers of all ages. While this is a serious injury that can lead to reconstructive surgery, known as Tommy John surgery, baseball players aren’t the only athletes at risk of overuse injuries. In fact, approximately half of sports-related injuries sustained by young athletes ages 6 to 18 are overuse-related.
Overuse injuries are more prevalent in sports that require training of repetitive motions or skills, such as rowing, softball, volleyball, cross-country, track and field, soccer and field hockey. These injuries can lead to signs of inflammation and tendinitis. They can also cause stress fractures, tiny cracks in the bone, if the body is not given adequate time to recover or regenerate, or if the injury is blunt and with immediate or sustained impact.
Overuse injuries come on gradually and may take time for the symptoms to be noticed. As a result, they often go undiagnosed and untreated for longer periods of time. This can lead to long-term consequences, including loss of playing time, reduced function and mental exhaustion.
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