Guidelines Issued for Overuse Injuries in Child and Adolescent Athletes

In the child and adolescent athlete, overuse is one of the most common factors causing injuries. Overtraining can cause burnout, which may deter a child from participating in sports as a lifelong healthy activity. Parental pressure to compete and succeed may contribute to overtraining. Encourage athletes to take at least 1 to 2 days off per week from competitive athletics, sport-specific training, and competitive practice (scrimmage) to allow physical and psychologic recovery. Allow longer scheduled breaks from training and competition every 2 to 3 months, while focusing on other activities and cross-training to prevent loss of skills or conditioning level.


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