Overtraining / Overuse Injuries

overtraining and overuse injuries

Overuse problems occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often with overdoing or repetition. This may occur during sports, jobs or hobbies, or daily activities.

Runner’s Overtraining/Overuse Injuries

  • Achilles tendinitis (acute inflammation of the Achilles tendon)
  • Patellofemoral pain (“runner’s knee”)
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) of the knee
  • Shin splints – medial tibial stress syndrome caused by tendinitis and stress fracture
  • Plantar fasciitis – painful inflammation of the foot’s plantar fascia

Elbow Overtraining/Overuse Injuries

  • Bursitis: swelling behind the elbow – may be olecranon bursitis (Popeye elbow)
  • Tendonitis: inflammation of tendons around the joint
  • Tendinosis: microtears in connective tissue around the tendon:
  • Tennis elbow: soreness or pain on the outside elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow: soreness or pain in the inner elbow
  • Little Leaguer’s elbow: soreness or pain inside (child)
  • Ulnar nerve compression: pinched nerve, called cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Radial tunnel syndrome: Nerve compression of radial nerve

Knee Overtraining/Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries occur with repetitive activities or repeated or prolonged pressure on the knee. Activities such as stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging, or jumping stress joints and other tissues and can lead to irritation and inflammation. Overuse injuries of the knee include:

  • Bursitis – inflammation of the small sacs of fluid that cushion and lubricate the knee
  • Tendinitis – inflammation of the tendons
  • Tendinosis – small tears in the tendons
  • Plica syndrome – thickening or folding of the knee ligaments
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome – pain in the front of the knee from overuse, injury, excess weight, or problems in the kneecap
  • Iliotibial band syndrome – irritation and inflammation of the band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the thigh

Back, Neck, and Shoulder Overtraining/Overuse Injuries

The muscles in the neck and upper back are attached to the spine with the help of tendons. As a result of overuse or strenuous activity, these tendons can get inflamed, resulting in tendonitis and its painful symptoms (see Neck Pain and Back Pain). Overuse also causes small microtears in the muscles. The muscles then tighten up to protect themselves. Poor stretching routines, particularly after training do not help If the muscle is not stretched to its natural length regularly it may adaptively shorten. One of the most common shoulder injuries is rotator cuff tear, a common cause of Shoulder Pain.

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