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Pediatric Sports Overuse Injuries

An increasing number of boys and girls are playing recreational and organized sports. As a result, there is a rise in the number of overuse injuries seen among children and adolescents. The majority of sports and overuse injuries are due to minor trauma involving soft tissue injuries — injuries that affect the bone, muscles, ligaments and/or tendons. Overuse injuries can also lead to stress fractures. Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse. Stress fractures often occur in the foot after training for basketball, running and other sports. There usually is no swelling, but pain and tenderness often increase during movement.

  • What are the most common types of sports overuse injuries in children?
  • What is the treatment for overuse injuries in children?
  • What is the long-term outlook for children with overuse injuries?
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From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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