Overuse Sports Injuries

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By Dr. Les Dutko, Ed.D, LAT, ATC

What Is An Overuse Injury?
There are two basic types of injuries, acute and overuse! Acute injuries happen all at once during a single event on the other end of the spectrum overuse injuries occur over time where there are many repetitions of the same movement or skill, resulting in micro-trauma to the tendons, bones, and joints. To mention a few of the more common overuse injuries would be tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), runner’s knee and jumper’s knee (infrapatellar tendinitis), Achilles tendinitis and shin splints. Overuse injuries are the most common and the hardest to evaluate and treat. In sports, overuse injuries are the most prevalent and the most challenging to evaluate and treat.

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Prevention and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

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 Low Dye Taping Technique

In the last article involving plantar fasciitis (PF) I discussed the anatomy and importance of the foot and the plantar fascia.  Also the causes of PF and a concise prevention overview were presented. In this section of the article the prevention/treatment of PF including an illustration of Low Dye Taping Technique.

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