MRI of overuse injury in elite athletes

Clin Radiol. 2007 Nov;62(11):1036-43. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2007.02.021. Epub 2007 Jul 20.


Overuse injuries are a common finding in elite athletes. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the optimal method for the diagnosis of overuse injury in athletes of all levels. We present a review of common and important overuse injuries occurring in elite athletes. A systematic approach based on the functional anatomic units - tendons, bones and joints - may assist in diagnosis of these injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Bone and Bones / injuries
  • Cartilage / injuries
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / complications
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Joints / injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis