Overuse injuries such as tendonitis, stress fractures and shin splints are caused by repeated stress to the body. Here’s what you need to know about overuse injuries.
- Half of all sports medicine injuries in children and teens result from overuse. The most common overuse injuries involve the knees and feet.
- About 1 in 7 Americans suffer from a musculoskeletal condition. Stress fractures make up between 1 and 15 percent of all athletic injuries; people who commonly develop stress fractures are jumpers, gymnasts, dancers and military recruits.
- Shin splints, a collective term for injury to the lower legs, can take three to six months to fully heal.