Overuse Injuries, Overtraining and Burnout Syndrome in Child and Adolescent Athletes
Are your children at risk?
Overuse is the leading risk for injury in the young athlete. Approximately 30-45 millions 6-18 year olds participate in sports and account for close to 50% of all pediatric sports medicine cases. The young athletes are also participating in sports year-round and on multiple teams for the same sport which may lead to burnout syndrome largely attributed to parental pressure on the athlete.
What determines overuse?
Performing a warm up activity and taking time to stretch are often overlooked in today’s fast paced life. But they should be performed just as often as your cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and strengthening exercises to increase your overall performance and decrease your risk of injury.
Below are some guidelines that may be helpful in maintaining a regular routine and understanding the difference between the two:
Pain and swelling are often associated with moderate to severe sprains, overuse syndromes, contact sports injuries and post-operatively. They are a sign of inflammation and your body's way of telling you that it is time to give it the attention it deserves. Pain and swelling can ultimately prevent you from achieving your goals on and off the court and that's why we use a state of the art system called Game Ready.
Are you a casual runner or marathoner living with unusual aches and pains? This might be a result of poor running form that can probably be corrected. The majority of our patients who are experiencing an ailment whether it be tendinitis at the hip, knee or ankle, or generalized, non-specific pain in those same joints, are heel strikers, over-pronators or forward runners.
The Great Debate: Should I use ice or heat for my injury?
Often we are asked this question, and despite conflicting evidence regarding this topic, there are general guidelines which will help you choose the correct modality!
Indications for using ICE:
1. Acute (less than 72 hours) onset - ice will be your best bet at reducing potential side effects that normally develop following an injury.
Help Improve your Posture!
There are a number of contributing factors that may lead to poor posture including, but not limited to, weakness/tightness of the musculature that enables us to sit or stand tall comfortably, a poor ergonomic set up at your work station, frequent use of smart phones/tablets and sleeping on the wrong type of pillow(s). If any of these circumstances are present in your life (and it's usually a combination of all of them) we can help!
First, try these three basic exercises for postural improvements.
A large majority of people who walk through our door have significant weakness in their gluteus medius muscle, including those of you who are already very active and might consider yourselves strong. But be careful, unless you perform specific and isolated exercise to strengthen this muscle, it probably is under active or "turned off" when you need it most. This often leads to low back pain, sacro-iliac joint/hip misalignments, knee pain and even foot/ankle overuse injuries.
So how do we test your gluteus medius strength? These are the two best ways...