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Overseas Medical Insurance News: Almost 30% of college athlete injuries 'caused by overuse'

People may find they have to fund treatment using international private medical insurance policies if they engage in long training sessions and repeat the same movement countless times.

A new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training, the scientific publication of the US' National Athletic Trainers' Association, revealed these so-called 'overuse injuries' account for nearly 30 per cent of all the harm sustained by athletes in college.

Furthermore, females appear to be at a greater risk of suffering this type of damage than males.

While 319 men in the study suffered 705 conditions relating to overuse, 254 females sustained 612 injuries.

New mothers could be at an even higher risk of suffering harm when exercising, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can create hormones that make joints softer, Penelope Fitstar personal trainer Louise Whyte recently pointed out.

The study found damage of this type tends to happen gradually and results from small harmful events being repeated dozens of times.

Because of this, there are not any single events that can be identified as causing the injury.

Activities including swimming, long-distance running and rowing result in a higher amount of this type of damage than full-contact and high-speed sports, which generally result in acute harm, the investigation indicated.

Common overuse ailments included tendinitis (16 per cent), inflammation (21 per cent) and general stress (27 per cent).

In the long term, injuries such as these can cause psychological exhaustion, reduced functionality and a loss of playing time.

Co-author of the study Tracy Covassin, member of the Department of Kinesiology and certified athletic trainer at Michigan State University, said: "Understanding the frequency, rate and severity of overuse injuries is an important first step for designing effective injury-prevention programmes, intervention strategies and treatment protocols to prevent and rehabilitate athletes with these types of injuries."

"Better strategies for the prevention and early intervention of overuse injuries in all sports and for both sexes are imperative in order to reduce their number and severity," she added.

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