Classification and return-to-play considerations for stress fractures

Clin Sports Med. 2006 Jan;25(1):17-28, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2005.08.012.


Stress fractures are common injuries, particularly in endurance athletes. Stress fracture management should take into consideration the injury site (low risk versus high risk), the grade (extent of microdamage accumulation), and the individual's competitive situation. The authors briefly discuss the pathophysiology and diagnostic process of stress fractures and expand on the classification of stress fractures and its impact on return-to-play decision making based on the relative risk of the fracture.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / classification*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Fractures, Stress / classification*
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Stress / physiopathology
  • Fractures, Stress / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Work Capacity Evaluation