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doi: 10.3810/psm.2010.06.1787
The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Volume 38: No.2
Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports
Cynthia J. Stein, MD, MPH And Lyle J. Micheli, MD
Abstract: Although youth sports participation is beneficial on many levels, it is also associated with an increased risk of injury. Risk factors for injury in children and adolescents include the presence of growth cartilage, existence of muscle imbalance, and pressure to compete despite pain and fatigue. Overuse injuries, such as patellofemoral pain, Osgood-Schlatter disease, calcaneal apophysitis, Little League elbow, Little League shoulder, spondylolysis, and osteochondritis dissecans, are common injuries in organized sports. However, proper education, supervision, and training can help reduce the risk of these injuries and facilitate early intervention.

Keywords: overuse injuries; pediatric; patellofemoral pain; Little League elbow; Little League shoulder; spondylolysis

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