A new study has found that overuse injuries account for more than one-quarter of all injuries suffered byU.S. collegiate athletes.
The majority of the overuse injuries (62 percent) was experienced by women, especially those who played field hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
“Overuse injuries may present not only physical challenges, but also psychological ones that could significantly affect an athlete’s recovery and performance,” study co-author Tracey Covassin said in a journal news release.
“Understanding the frequency, rate and severity of overuse injuries is an important first step for designing effective injury-prevention programs, intervention strategies and treatment protocols to prevent and rehabilitate athletes with these types of injuries,” Covassin said.
The study appears in the April issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.