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Low Grade Bone Stress Injury, Low Impact- Second Metatarsal

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Low Grade Bone Stress Injury, Low Impact- Second Metatarsal


LEVER Movement

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6 Weeks

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Low-grade bone stress injuries (BSIs) are relatively common in athletes, especially in those participating in high-impact or repetitive stress sports like running, basketball, or gymnastics. The exact prevalence varies depending on the population studied and the specific sport, but it has been reported that BSIs can account for 2-10% of all sports medicine clinic visits. Some studies suggest that up to 20% of runners may experience a BSI at some point in their career.
Risk factors for low-grade bone stress injuries include training errors, improper footwear, poor biomechanics, and inadequate nutrition. It is important for athletes and coaches to be aware of the risk factors and signs of bone stress injuries to ensure early detection and appropriate management. Early intervention can help prevent the progression to higher-grade stress fractures or other more severe injuries.
One effective method for athletes recovering from bone stress injuries is the use of body weight support (BWS) systems, such as the LEVER system. BWS can help athletes gradually return to their sport by reducing the impact forces on the healing bone, allowing them to maintain their fitness levels and improve neuromuscular control while minimizing the risk of re-injury. By progressively decreasing the amount of body weight support, athletes can slowly increase the load on the injured bone, allowing it to adapt and strengthen over time. This approach enables a safe and efficient transition back to full weight-bearing activities and sports participation. Integrating BWS into a rehabilitation program under the guidance of a sports medicine professional can greatly benefit individuals recovering from low-grade bone stress injuries.

Start Criteria

  • Clearance by your Physician or Physical Therapist who is helping you manage your injury.
  • Having completed 4-6 weeks of rest since diagnosis and stopping running as directed by your Physician or Physical Therapist.
  • Pain free walking in day to day activities for at least one week.
  • Note: With any BSI, it is important to explore the underlying causes which are often multifactorial. Factors include: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, Low energy availability, endocrine and hormonal function including menstrual irregularities , training load errors, strength deficits, biomechanics.
  • *There should be no pain at the BSI site during this program. If you have pain during or after running consult your healthcare provider and regress to the previous week.
  • Lever Return to Run for Low Grade and Low Risk BSI
  • Low grade = Grade 1 and 2.
  • Low risk site = Posteriormedial tibia, Fibula, Femoral shaft, Pelvis, Calcaneus, Second, Third or Fourth metatarsal shaft.

    Liability Disclaimer: This plan provides general educational information only and is not medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The provider of this plan is not responsible for any advice or information obtained through this plan. Always consult a physician for medical questions.

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    Training Plan Sample Week


    Average Weekly Breakdown

    Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
    Day Off x4
    —— ——
    Run x3
    01:19:00 00:30:00
    Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
    Day Off
    —— ——
    01:19:00 00:30:00

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    LEVER Movement

    LEVER: Where athletes rebound and excel post-injury. Our expert team crafts personalized recovery and performance plans, combining physical therapy, mental resilience, and strength guidance. Aimed at all levels, LEVER turns setbacks into strengths, ensuring not just a return to the sport but a leap to peak performance.

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