This content has been clinically reviewed by Jill Reyes, P.T., D.P.T., S.C.S., and Julie Johnson, P.T., M.P.T., S.C.S., C.S.C.S.
Playing sports can be one of the great joys in a child’s life. As more children participate in organized sports, however, doctors are seeing an alarming increase in the number of young athletes suffering from overuse injuries. Nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students are caused by overuse.
Children and teens are at increased risk of these types of injuries because their bones are still growing, and less resilient to stress. Also, they may not understand that certain symptoms are signs of overuse, and may try to play through the pain.
These injuries can be prevented, though — with the help of informed and watchful parents and coaches.