Modeling Overuse Injuries in Sport as a Mechanical Fatigue Phenomenon

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2018 Oct;46(4):224-231. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000163.


This paper postulates that overuse injury in sport is a biomechanical event resulting from the mechanical fatigue of biological tissue. A theoretical foundation and operational framework necessary to model overuse injury as a mechanical fatigue phenomenon is introduced. Adopting this framework may provide a more mechanistic understanding of overuse injury and inform training and preventive strategies to reduce their occurrence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Muscle Fatigue*
  • Risk Factors
  • Workload