Overuse injuries occur from stressing your joints, muscles,
or other tissues without allowing them to recover. For example, throwing a
baseball at high speeds over and over can stress your shoulder joint and cause
an injury to part of that joint (the
Stress fractures, in which a bone breaks from the
pressure placed on it through activity, are also common for athletes.
Overuse injuries can be caused by:
- Doing too much too soon.
- Doing intense exercise.
- Not varying your activity or exercise routine.
- Playing sports.
- Doing too much without proper conditioning.
- Not using the proper form for the activity.
- Not using proper equipment, such as wearing poorly fitting shoes.
- Doing too much of an activity at work.
For more information, see the topic:
Achilles Tendon Problems. (A sign may be pain in
the back of the heel.)
Bursitis and/or Tendon Injury
(Tendinopathy). (A sign may be pain in the joints or tendons.)
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. (A sign may be pain in the
front of the knee.)
Plantar Fasciitis. (A sign may be pain in the
sole of the foot.)
Rotator Cuff Disorders. (A sign may be shoulder
or arm pain.)
Tennis Elbow. (A sign may be elbow pain.)
Fitness: Getting and Staying Active