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Sports Injuries

Updated 07 January 2016

Osgood-Schlatter's disease

This condition mainly affects boys aged 10 to 16 years old and is caused by repetitive stress or tension on a part of the growth area of the upper tibia (shinbone).

What is Osgood Schlatter's disease?
This condition mainly affects boys aged 10 to 16 years old and is caused by repetitive stress or tension on a part of the growth area of the upper tibia (shinbone).

Symptoms

  • Swelling or visible lump just bellow the kneecap
  • Pain below the knee that worsens with activity

  • Rest. This injury needs rest if it is to heal. You must only do as much exercise as it will allow you. Weight bearing exercise will make it worse. Keep your sessions few and high quality rather than train every day.
  • Apply heat and use a heat retainer.
  • See a sports injury specialist.

 

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Adrian Rotunno is a medical doctor in the Sports & Exercise Medicine fellowship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and qualified physiotherapist. Team physician for Dimension Data pro-cycling, and Boland Rugby. Special interests include endurance sport, in particular cycling, as well as contact sports.

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