Overuse Injuries In The Young Athlete


Course Description

Athletics present a wonderful opportunity for children to realize their physical potential and learn valuable life lessons. It promotes health, wellness, and an active lifestyle. It also, unfortunately, opens the athlete up to the possibility of injury. These rates of injury are increasing as children enter into athletic competition and streamline that athletic competition at earlier ages. We treat these injuries in our clinics, and with the changing healthcare environment, we have fewer visits in which to do so. Therefore, if the health care provider hopes to continue to produce positive outcomes for our patient athletes, greater emphasis needs to be placed on not only traditional treatment of injury, but prevention of them. 

This course discusses musculoskeletal injuries as conceptually divided into acute and overuse injuries and discusses how some of what we think of acute injury is actually overuse injury where the ‘trauma’ is the isolated ‘straw’ in the camel’s back.

The course also investigates the current literature in regards to two main types of overuse injuries: stress fractures and tendinopathies. In regards to these, health care professionals will learn the definitions, etiologies, treatment, and most importantly the prevention of them through modifiable factors. Every health care professional involved in youth sports needs to know this information. It is a critical component of our duty in health care to ‘Do No Harm’.

This Seminar-On-Demand is 1 contact hour in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 1
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: ATC/LAT, PT/PTA
Instructional Level: Intermediate BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential