Overuse injuries occur as a result of repetitive trauma (microtrauma) as opposed to acute injuries from a single trauma (macrotrauma).
Muscle and joint injuries like tendinitis and stress fractures are often a result of microtrauma and are often caused by errors in training or technique.
Where training is the cause, athletes often take on too much, too quickly while errors in technique can lead to persistent overloading of a muscle or joint.
in Acute injuries, Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Overuse injuries
Lateral ankle sprain is a common sports injury. Alicia Filley explains why peroneal dysfunction may be to blame for the persistent pain and instability after the acute injury has healed. Ankle sprains generate a significant amount of emergency room charges in the United States with a significantly greater number of lateral than medial sprains noted(1).... MORE
in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries, Overuse injuries
Nearly 10% of adolescent athletes complain of patellofemoral pain (PFP)(1). When evaluating knee injuries in adults that present to the sports clinic, up to 25% involve the patellofemoral joint. This nagging injury likely starts during adolescents when young athletes begin to ramp up their training and increase the time spent in sport. As Chris Mallac... MORE
in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Overuse injuries
Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamilton explains how foot/pedal interface can lead to foot pain and gives advice to clinicians with cyclists in their care Although rarely discussed, research suggests that foot pain in cycling is surprisingly common. Andrew Hamiltonexplains how foot/pedal interface can lead to... MORE
in Anatomy, Improve, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries
Tracy Ward discusses pelvic floor dysfunction in athletes, outlines the implications for rehabilitation, and raises awareness with a view toward prevention. The impact of female pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is a hot topic in women’s health but rarely discussed within the context of sport. This oft-ignored problem affects both men and women and impacts an... MORE
in Email Newsletters, Overuse injuries
August 7, 2018 – Michiel van der Heijden of the Netherlands in action. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne With the spring thaw in the northern hemisphere, mountain biking trails will be opening soon. Mountain biking (MTB) continues to grow in popularity. First introduced in the 1970s, as of 2015 the sport had grown to a reported 8.32 million... MORE
in Diagnose & Treat, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries
Scapulohumeral rhythm describes the intimate relationship between the movement of the humerus and the scapula in abducting the shoulder joint. When elevating the arm, the scapula moves in an upward rotation one degree for every two degrees of humeral movement. Since both bones contribute to the joint movement, impairment of the movement of one, usually the... MORE
in Hip injuries, Knee injuries, Overuse injuries, Strength
In the first part of this two-part article, Alicia Filley reviewed the recent research on the underlying biomechanics of illiotibial band syndrome. In part 2, she looks at diagnosis and treatment options. In some athletes, repeated knee flexion causes the illiotibial band (ITB) to produce friction over the lateral femoral condyle (LFE), or compression of the... MORE
in Acute injuries, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries
Some studies report up to 33% of volleyball players suffer from suprascapular nerve pathology(27). Chris Mallac explains the anatomy and biomechanics that make this nerve vulnerable to injury. Injury to the suprascapular nerve (SSN) is a common cause of shoulder pain and weakness in the overhead athlete, and its aetiology is still poorly understood.... MORE
in Flexibility, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries
In the first part of this two-part article, Alicia Filley looks at new research on the underlying biomechanics of illiotibial band syndrome. Up to 15% of all runners complain of point-specific tenderness at the lateral knee(1). The source of this pain is most often illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS), which also accounts for nearly 25% of... MORE
in Ankle and foot injuries, Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries
In the first of this three-part masterclass article, Chris Mallac discusses the progression from acute ankle sprain to chronic and recurrent instability, the relevant anatomy and biomechanics, and how chronic instability can be identified in the athlete. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries experienced by athletes, and account for a large percentage of... MORE