Common Overuse Injuries in the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete

Joyce V. Soprano*, Susan M Fuchs

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There are approximately 30 to 35 million children participating in organized sports in the United States. With this increasing participation, we have seen an overall increase in sports-related injuries in young athletes over the past 20 years. Young athletes suffer both acute and chronic, or overuse, injuries. They are susceptible to many of the same injuries as their adult counterparts; but because of the effects of growth on the musculoskeletal system, they are at risk for injuries to the growth plate, apophysis, and joint surface as well. Overuse injuries can be hard to diagnose because of the lack of radiographic findings and overt abnormalities on physical examination in many patients. In addition, they can be a challenge to treat, especially in athletes who wish to continue participating in their sport. Common overuse injuries seen in young athletes will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007


  • apophysitis
  • epiphysiolytis
  • overuse injuries
  • patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • pediatric athlete
  • stress fracture
  • tendonitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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