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Modeling Overuse Injuries in Sport as a Mechanical Fatigue Phenomenon

Brent Edwards, W.1,2,3

doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000163
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ABSTRACT 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.

1 Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology,

2 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program,

3 McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, CAN

Correspondence: W. Brent Edwards, Ph.D. Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, KNB 418, 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Phone: 403-220-2070; E-mail:

Funding: This work was funded in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Grant Nos. NSERC; RGPIN 01029-2015 and RTI 00013-2016).

Conflicts of interest: None.

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