What are overuse injuries in children and teens?
Sports injuries happen in sports that require repeated movements or that require the bones to keep bearing weight. Overuse injuries happen when you stress the joints, muscles, or other tissues and don't let them recover.
Anyone who does too much activity without the right conditioning is at risk for injury. Even children and teens are at risk.
The growing bones of young athletes may not be able to handle as much stress as the mature bones of adults. Repeated stress on the body may lead to irritation, inflammation, stress fractures, or other problems.
Teens who take part in endurance events, year-round sports, or weekend tournaments are at risk for injuries. So are teens who diet to stay at a certain weight for a sport. (This is common in gymnastics and wrestling.)