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Do You Know How to Protect Yourself From These 3 Overuse Injuries?

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students, reports Northwestern Medicine in a recent infographic. The good news is that many overuse injuries are preventable. One of the most effective things you can do as a parent or coach is to know how to recognize the symptoms in your kids (or yourself!).

When you know the symptoms, you can stop the play and check to see if rest or further medical attention is necessary. Learn more below…

#1 Elbow & Arm Injuries

Top sports include: tennis, golf, weight-lifting and baseball.

Symptoms to look out for:

    • Forearm pain
    • Wrist pain
    • Weak grip
    • Decreased velocity in throwing
    • Pain or swelling in the front of your shoulder and side of your arm
    • Stiffness

Overuse injuries include:

    • Tennis elbow – inflammation of the tendons that connect your forearm muscles to the elbow. Learn more.
    • Little League elbow (golfer’s elbow) – inflammation of the inside of your arm and elbow. Learn more.
    • Osteochondritis dissecans – cartilage and a thin layer of bone begin to separate from the end of the bone.
    • Rotator cuff tendinitis (swimmer’s shoulder) – the tendons and muscle near your shoulder become inflamed. Learn more.

#2 Knee Injuries

Top sports include: soccer, football, basketball and volleyball.

Symptoms to look out for:

    • Swelling
    • Pain when bending the knee
    • Loss of range of motion
    • Stiffness in the knee
    • Tenderness
    • Discomfort

Overuse injuries include:

    • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains – most common in high-impact sports. Learn more.
    • Jumper’s knee – occurs with repetitive jumping. Learn more.
    • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome – inflammation of the tissue along the side of the knee. Learn more.

#3 Foot & Ankle Injuries

Top sports include: running, soccer and gymnastics.

Symptoms to look out for:

    • Pain and stiffness in the foot
    • Mild swelling along the tendon
    • Tenderness to the location of injury

Overuse injuries include:

    • Plantar fasciitis – common cause of heel pain. Learn more.
    • Ankle sprains and strains – can occur when the ankle turns, rolls or twists awkwardly. Learn more.
    • Shin splints – pain on the inside of the shin bone. Learn more.

Find a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor Near You

For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.