What is Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome?
Knee pain can be a common complaint among all athletes. Younger athletes with knee pain may actually be suffering from Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome. Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome is a common overuse injury named after an American surgeon Robert Bayley Osgood (1873–1956) and a Swiss surgeon Carl Schlatter (1864–1934). The symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome are usually pain, swelling, and tenderness over the tibial tuberosity of the dominant leg. According to the Mayo Clinic, Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome disease affects about 20% of adolescents who participate in sports. Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome can be diagnosed in both girls and boys, usually between the ages of 10-14. This condition is most often diagnosed in younger athletes who participate in sports that require repetition, running, jumping, and fast directional changes. Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome tends to effect young athletes participating in sports such as; soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, dance, and gymnastics.
Research in the Annals of the Academy of Medicine, examined 506 cases of overuse injuries in young athletes. And found that the knee joint was the most affected joint, while the hip was the least affected joint for overuse injuries.