Proper training, pacing can help prevent painful problems in year-round student-athletes say sports medicine experts
Thursday, October 13, 2022

by Liz Bonis, WKRC

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local doctors have a warning for year-round student-athletes. Many are showing up at area offices feeling joint pain.

As sports have picked back up for student-athletes after this pandemic time, specialists at OrthoCincy say proper training and pacing could help protect against some painful problems already impacting young patients.

One of those patients is Karli Campbell. Throughout the year, she plays softball, basketball and volleyball.

"I love 'em all, but I think I like volleyball a lot," Campbell said.

The problem that brought her to the OrthoCincy sports medicine team in Eastgate is that all of those sports use shoulder motions. One of her shoulders started hurting recently.

"It's like a sharp pain shooting through the front of my shoulder," she said.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Trevor Wilkes says, right away, the good news for Campbell is that her imaging shows nothing is broken, so that means her pain is likely coming from one of three things: The first is overuse from year-round sports, the second is likely poor posture and the third, according to Dr. Wilkes, could be technical things.

"The way that you are throwing the ball, hitting the ball, so technique issues. So, between overuse posture and body mechanics and techniques, those are major things we see people for in the office," he said.

Her first prescription is a series of physical therapy sessions. She invited Local 12 to follow along and check back in a few months to see how the next sport season is going.