Pediatric Overuse Injuries

We strive to provide a wide range of care to provide specialized care for our patients of all ages. For pediatric patients, it’s common to see overuse injuries in children that intensely participate in sports. We have written an article that outlines the types and causes of overuse injuries found in children.

Pediatric Overuse Injuries

By: J. Todd Davis, M.D.

July 23, 2018

Overuse injuries occur when there is an imbalance between the breakdown and healing of tissues put under stress. Overuse injuries in children usually are located at the growth plates of their bones.


  • Common childhood overuse injuries include:
    • Little league elbow and shoulder
    • Osgood-Schlatter’s (knee)
    • Sinding-Larsen-Johansson (knee)
    • Sever’s (heel) disease


  • Training errors are the most common cause of overuse injuries.

  • The most common training errors involve acceleration in intensity, frequency, or duration of activities.

  • More simply put: kids do too much, too fast, too soon. Diagnoses should be made by a sports medicine specialist. Treatment usually involves rest but may include physical therapy or evaluating other risk factors for injury. “No pain, no gain” does not apply in this situation.

  • If your child is hurting longer than a couple of days, they should be evaluated by one of our sports medicine physicians at COPC Sports, Spine & Joint.


J. Todd Davis, M.D.

Dr. Davis is one of our sports medicine physicians that practices at the COPC Sports, Spine & Joint location. After completing his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship, he served as a team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his well-rounded background and extensive knowledge of sports medicine, he is able to provide expert care to COPC patients.

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