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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.