3 factors contributing to youth athlete overuse injuries

Written by Eric Oliver | November 21, 2017 | Print  |

Orthopedic surgeon Steven Mash, MD, of DuPage (Ill.) Medical Group in Downers Grove, Ill., spoke to Becker's ASC Review on combatting overuse injuries in the sports medicine space.

Q: As overuse injuries continue to be commonplace throughout youth athletics, what do you suggest parents/coaches should do to manage workloads?


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SM: Overuse injuries continue to plague all areas of youth athletics.

Same sport year round is a recipe for disaster. As an example soccer, outdoor then indoor, then camp does not provide enough time to cross train and develop other skills. There is a reason pro athletes do not compete year round.


Poorly educated coaches who do not understand the biology of growing children lead to overuse and abuse issues.


Parents who live through their kids also contribute to the problem, asking to return their student athlete to competition earlier than appropriate.


As always education at multiple levels is the answer


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