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Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries can come in many shapes and sizes, but they all result from overtraining a certain part of the body. They are of special concern for junior- and senior-high-school-aged athletes because of their bodies' levels of development. Muscles, joints, and bones are still in crucial developmental stages in adolescents. Some athletes, for example, may not have attained the appropriate level of skeletal maturity to handle the increased expectations of high school varsity sports. For these and many other reasons, it is important to keep a close eye on athletes and to teach them how to read and interpret their bodies' signs, so they know how much is too much.

 

Guidelines to Prevent Pediatric Overuse Injuries The link to the left leads to guidelines published by the NATA about preventing overuse injuries in athletes of six to eighteen years old. The guidelines consist of six preventative measures to reduce potentially-injurious repetitive stress.

 

 

 

Athletic Trainer Website content created by Evangelos Nikitopoulos (Class of 2013)

National Athletic Trainer Association Korey Stringer Institute Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy