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.
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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
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Golf is a popular worldwide sport, with nearly one-quarter of the population in many parts of the world participating at all levels(1). Unfortunately, golfers regularly complain about low back pain. In fact, up to you half of the professional golfers evaluated report low back injuries(2). Many assume that low back pain is due to the... MORE
in Leg injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries
Sean Fyfe sheds light on the best way to rehabilitate and prevent future recurrence of soleus muscle injuries in distance runners. There are many causes of calf pain in runners. However, when the most obvious causes are eliminated and pain still persists, therapists may be left scratching their heads. If that is the case,... MORE
in Acute injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Leg injuries, Overuse injuries
Andrew Hamilton reviews the clinical presentation and assessment of quadriceps strains, along with a discussion of appropriate imaging used in diagnosis. Strains and contusions of the quadriceps are common in sport and frequently result in lost time from training and competition. Acute strain injuries of the quadriceps occur in sports such as soccer, rugby, and football,... MORE
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Groin pain often plagues athletes who kick, cut, and twist as part of their sport. Studies suggest the incidence in male soccer players to be 18% of all injuries each year(1). One cause of groin pain – accounting for 3% to 5% of injuries- is osteitis pubis (OP)(1). With OP, athletes typically complain of pain... MORE