Overuse injuries in the young athlete

Clin Sports Med. 1988 Jul;7(3):591-610.


Overuse injuries are now well known to sports enthusiasts at any age or level of competition. The seeming explosion of overuse stress fractures of lower extremity bones in high-profile professional basketball players has brought about widespread media attention and a better understanding of the phenomenon of "overuse syndrome" by the public. However, the spectrum of overuse injuries in the child or adolescent athlete has only recently been recognized. These injuries can range from the permanent disability of osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow to the completely nonspecific "growing pains" of active youngsters.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries* / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries* / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries* / therapy
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders* / physiopathology
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders* / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Risk Factors