Epidemiology of stress fractures

Clin Sports Med. 2006 Jan;25(1):37-52, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2005.08.005.


Stress fractures are a frequent cause of injury in competitive and recreational athletes. Although a number of epidemiologic studies have been conducted, the populations studied and data collection methods have varied. This article presents an overview of injury epidemiology and reviews the current body of literature regarding the occurrence of stress fractures in athletes. Given the heterogeneity of the populations studied and the variations in data collection, few broad conclusions can be drawn. There is a pressing need for large prospective studies to better establish the risks of stress fracture by sport, age, and gender.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Female
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Stress / epidemiology*
  • Fractures, Stress / therapy
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Racial Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Recovery of Function
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data