What is an overuse injury?

An overuse injury develops when a part of the body is subject to repetitive and prolonged stress. Overuse injuries are usually chronic in nature and tend to worsen over time with continued activity.

This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.

An overuse injury is pain, typically from soft tissues around joints caused by inflammation. Repetitive motions that put undue stress on the particular area bring about the inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to that stress or an injury. As long as the stress continues, the body continues to respond with inflammation. Rest and activity modification along with anti-inflammatory medication and sometimes bracing are the mainstay of treatment.

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