Dr. McKnight, who practices at The Market Common and Murrells Inlet locations of Tidelands Health Orthopedics, says there’s a clear correlation between overuse injuries and the intensity and volume of a young athlete’s training schedule. Specializing in one sport can be contributing factor, too.
For example, a softball pitcher or football quarterback will repetitively use the same arm over and over in practice and games, which can lead to problems in the wrist, elbow or shoulder. Overuse injuries can occur in any athlete that performs repetitive motions, including soccer players, gymnasts, cheerleaders, basketball players, runners and volleyball players
One key to preventing overuse injuries – even if your child specializes in a specific sport – is to engage in diverse training and conditioning. So, for example, a soccer player might want to focus on golf during the off-season. Or a baseball player can take up running.