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'Overplay' is a term used to describe the cause of injuries found in players and athletes due to excessive overuse of specific parts of their body. Young players are particularly vulnerable to 'overuse' injuries caused by 'overplay'. The aim of this article is to alert coaches and parents to the risks of 'overplay'.
An 'overuse' injury is an injury involving certain bones or muscles/tendons of the body, which develops over a period of time, due to too much repetitive activity. The injury becomes worse with continued activity at the same level. It will continue unless correct medical advice and treatment is followed.
The increasing intensity of sport has led to the wider recognition of 'overuse' injuries to children and adolescents. Four main causative factors of 'overuse' injuries have been put forward:-
Load, Technique, Posture, Equipment.
In young footballers the factor of "load" refers to the amount of training and playing time and the posture factor are highly relevant to causes of 'overuse' injury.
Factors To Consider.
Football involves the strong actions of running, jumping, landing, kicking and fast direction changes which increases the chance of injury, if excessive repetitive actions of this type are performed.
What To Look For - Recognising Problems
The Football Association wish to alert all concerned with the development of young players to the potential medical problems that can occur. Excessive competitive matches and training will reduce safety margins. The risk of 'overuse' injury will be increased. 'Overuse' conditions caused by excessive participation can often be dismissed as 'growing pains' without proper medical diagnosis being sought. The four regions of the body that are particularly affected by 'overuse' injuries in footballers are:
Back, Shin, Knee, Ankle/Heel.
Recognition of 'Overuse' Injury - Signs and Symptoms
The following serves to act as a guide. If several of the signs and symptoms are present, a medical opinion should be sought.
What To Do? - Action To Be Taken If You Suspect 'Overuse' Injury.
Pain, swelling, tenderness and aching are nature's way of informing us that something is wrong with our body. If some, or all of the signs and symptoms outlines previously are present, then a medical opinion should be sought. The player's family doctor should be consulted. He/she will then advise the player and his/her parents as to the course of action and arrange further consultations and tests, if thought necessary.
If you have any concerns, or require more information, please contact either your team manager, or one of the other officials of the club. Contact details are on the officers page.