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Overuse Injuries

To be good at sports you have to practice a lot. But don't practice too much, because that leads to overuse injuries. We have the 411 on them!

The Down Low on Overuse Injuries

Everybody wants to be the next sport's superstar right? And thousands of kids around the country train countless hours in their respected sport. While hard work and practice are important to improving as an athlete, too much can actually do more harm than good. How many gymnasts develop lower back problems from the constant hard landings? Or how many baseball pitchers have rotator cuff problems from throwing out hundreds of pitches daily. Basketball players develop lifelong knee and ankle problems from overusing these body parts.

What to do Next

If you start to develop an overuse injury due to overtraining the best thing to do it rest! There is not need to be a hero by playing through pain. It is important to respect the healing process. Go see a doctor that specializes in the type of injury you have. If your back hurts, see a chiropractor. Specialists can give you sound advice on how to treat your injury and prevent a future one. Also make sure to monitor your injuries and be aware of the symptoms. If you know what is bothering you than you can help the doctors correct the problem. Ignoring symptoms can develop into your injury getting worse and possibly becoming a lifelong problem.

Preventing an Overuse Injury

The best way to avoid getting a serious overuse injury is to take preventative steps. Don't focus on one particular sport and one particular position. Get involved in a variety of sports! If you are occupied in more sports you will be a more rounded athlete and person and won't focus too hard on perfecting a certain sport and aiming to be a pro athlete. You are way too young to be worrying about being a superstar in one sport. While playing multiple sports is encouraged, don't play too many sports at the same time. Remember, we said rest is important. Also make sure to eat right. Stay away from junk food and sodas. If you eat nutritiously and get all your vitamins, you will be healthier and stronger.

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