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Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, causing damage to a bone, tendon, or joint.
Repeated motions in sports cause many RSIs (or overuse injuries). RSIs are most likely to happen in the area of growth plates. A growth plate is a layer of
near the end of a bone where most of the bone’s growth happens. It is weaker and more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone.
Anyone can get an RSI from sports. But they’re more likely to happen if someone:
Common RSIs that happen in young athletes include:
Signs and symptoms of RSIs include:
To diagnose RSIs, health care providers ask about symptoms and physical activities and do an exam. If needed, an imaging study such as an X-ray, MRI, or bone scan may be done.
Slowing down now can help you get back to sports as soon as possible. Health care providers usually recommend some or all of the following for an RSI:
Sports are a great way to learn new skills, work with peers and coaches, challenge yourself, and stay in shape. But it’s important to enjoy them safely. To help you avoid repetitive stress injuries:
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Sever’s disease, a common heel injury, is due to inflammation (swelling) of the growth plate in the heel. While painful, it’s only temporary and has no long-term effects.
Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone, often from running or another high-impact activity. They get better with rest.
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an overuse injury that can cause knee pain in teens, especially during growth spurts. Learn more.
In teens, biceps tendonitis is usually an overuse injury that causes tendons in the upper arm to be swollen or irritated. Most cases heal on their own if you follow a few guidelines from your doctor.
Bursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.
This growth-related injury is more common in teens who play sports that require a lot of running or jumping. Find out why it happens – and what you can do to avoid and treat it.
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.
Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field.
It’s fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.
Following these tips can help protect you from injuries while playing volleyball.
While it may seem silly to think of golf and danger in the same sentence, injuries can and do happen. To learn how to stay safe on the golf course, take a look at these safety tips.
Injuries in tennis are rare, but it’s good to be aware before you play. To minimize your risk of injury while playing tennis, follow these safety tips.
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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