Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, causing damage to a bone, tendon, or joint.
What Causes Repetitive Stress Injuries in Sports?
Repeated motions in sports cause many RSIs (or overuse injuries). RSIs are most likely to happen in the area of growth plates. A growth plate is a layer of near the end of a bone where most of the bone's growth happens. It is weaker and more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone.
Who Gets Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Anyone can get an RSI from sports. But they're more likely to happen if someone:
trains too much or doesn't train properly
has weakness from an old injury
Common RSIs that happen in young athletes include: