This paper postulates that overuse injury in sport is a biomechanical event resulting from the mechanical fatigue of biological tissue. A theoretical foundation and operational framework necessary to model overuse injury as a mechanical fatigue phenomenon is introduced. Adopting this framework may provide a more mechanistic understanding of overuse injury and inform training and preventive strategies to reduce their occurrence.
This article explores the hypothesis that overuse injuries in sport are associated with a mechanical fatigue process.
1Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology;
2Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program;
3McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Address for correspondence: W. Brent Edwards, Ph.D., Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, KNB 418, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Accepted for Publication: July 3, 2018.
Editor: Paul DeVita, Ph.D.