Prevent Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries in youth can be caused by training errors, improper technique, excessive sports training, inadequate rest, muscle weakness and imbalances and early specialization. Learn more about general stress, inflammation, tendinitis and other overuse injuries.

Learn more about Overuse Injuries (PDF – 70KB)

Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Journal of Athletic Training, American Academy of Pediatrics

Achilles Tendon Rupture (Tear)

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.

Although the Achilles tendon can withstand great stresses from running and jumping, it is vulnerable to injury. A rupture of the tendon is a tearing and separation of the tendon fibers so that the tendon can no longer perform its normal function.

This video animation provides information about the Achilles tendon, how it can be injured, and how injuries are treated — both non-surgically and surgically.–conditions/achilles-tendon-rupture-tear-video/


Shy Away from Shin Splints and Fractures

Shin splints and stress fractures: both are overuse injuries caused by rapid increase in the amount or intensity of an activity. Despite this similarity, they are not the same and affect the body in different ways.

Learn what you need to know about shin splints and fractures. (PDF – 75KB)

Source: National Athletic Trainers’ Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons