Overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout in child and adolescent athletes

Joel S. Brenner, Eric W. Small, David T. Bernhardt, Joseph A. Congeni, Jorge E. Gomez, Andrew J.M. Gregory, Douglas B. Gregory, Teri M. McCambridge, Frederick E. Reed, Stephen G. Rice, Paul R. Stricker, Bernard A. Griesemer

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Overuse is one of the most common etiologic factors that lead to injuries in the pediatric and adolescent athlete. As more children are becoming involved in organized and recreational athletics, the incidence of overuse injuries is increasing. Many children are participating in sports year-round and sometimes on multiple teams simultaneously. This overtraining can lead to burnout, which may have a detrimental effect on the child participating in sports as a lifelong healthy activity. One contributing factor to overtraining may be parental pressure to compete and succeed. The purpose of this clinical report is to assist pediatricians in identifying and counseling at-risk children and their families. This report supports the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on intensive training and sport specialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1242-1245
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Athlete
  • Burnout
  • Injuries
  • Overtraining
  • Overuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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