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    Overuse Injuries

    Overuse Injuries

    Topic Overview

    Overuse injuries occur from stressing your joints, muscles, or other tissues without allowing them to recover. For example, throwing a baseball at high speeds over and over can stress your shoulder joint and cause an injury to part of that joint (the rotator cuff ). Stress fractures , in which a bone breaks from the pressure placed on it through activity, are also common for athletes.

    Overuse injuries can be caused by:

    • Doing too much too soon.
    • Doing intense exercise.
    • Not varying your activity or exercise routine.
    • Playing sports.
    • Doing too much without proper conditioning.
    • Not using the proper form for the activity.
    • Not using proper equipment, such as wearing poorly fitting shoes.
    • Doing too much of an activity at work.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
    Last Revised September 26, 2013

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