For many young promising athletes, they are raised in an extremely competitive environment where they are taught to play through injuries and do whatever it takes to excel in a sport with hopes to gain college scholarships or even a chance to become a professional athlete. A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that 22% of soccer players 14 years old and younger suffer from overuse injuries, with the rates even higher for baseball (25%) and football (28%) players. Areas around the growth plates – where the bone is still growing in young individuals – are regions where physicians often see overuse injuries and can pose a risk for stunted or abnormal growth. In middle school and high school kids, 50% of the injuries can be prevented if the athletes aren’t playing year-round. More isn’t necessary better and encourage balance with different sports using different muscle groups. To find out more, click here.