Handball Injuries – Osgood–Schlatter disease

Handball has always been a high impact sport but over the years it has developed into a sport characterized by a noticeable increase in speed, intensity and force – with more injuries as a result. In Rehband’s “Complete Guide – The 11 Most Common Injuries In Handball” you can learn about the most common injuries in handball today. What are the causes and symptoms, and what can you do to prevent injuries and alleviate pain if you’re affected?  This article is focused on Osgood-Schlatter disease.

Osgood–Schlatter disease

An overstraining and inflammation of the patellar tendon’s attachment on the lower leg (growth area) that occurs when the effort has been more than the body can handle. Mainly affects boys aged 10-16 but also occurs in girls who do a lot of sport. The injury heals of its own accord and the prognosis is good, but the healing period can extend over several years.

Possible Causes

  • The exact cause is not known, but the problems often increase with a lot of exercises without rest and recovery.
  • Overstraining over time can cause Osgood–Schlatter disease.

Symptoms

  • Pain at the tendon’s attachment on the shin.
  • Swelling and tenderness on the shin.
  • Swelling may occur around the tendon’s attachments.

Treatment

  • Knee protection for relieving the growth area.
  • Reducing the number of training sessions and competitions per week.
  • Alternative exercise, e.g. cycling.
  • Cooling.
  • Stretching.
  • Good shoes.
  • Soles or inserts.

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