An overuse injury is different from other injuries. An acute injury is usually the result of a single, traumatic event. Common examples include wrist fractures, ankle sprains, shoulder dislocations, and hamstring muscle strain. But overuse injuries are more common in sports than acute injuries. They are subtle and usually occur over time, making them hard to diagnose and treat. They are the result of repetitive micro-trauma to the tendons, bones and joints. Common examples include tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, youth pitching elbow, runner’s knee, jumpers knee, Achilles knee, Achilles tendinitis and shin splints.
- Use proper form and gear
- Pace yourself
- Gradually increase your activity level
- Mix up your routine with cross-training
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