The Young Athlete's Curse

What is Osgood-Schlatter?

Osgood-Schlatter is an overuse injury that causes pain in the knee.

It occurs when the patella tendon pulls on the tibia while running, jumping, and playing sports.


  • knee pain
  • swelling below the knees
  • bump under the kneecap
  • pain after exercise


  • visible with an x-ray test
  • Dr. checks for swelling, pain, and redness
  • Dr. will also check for range of motion in the knee


It affects the Skeletal System because Osgood-Schlatter pulls the tendon out of the bone. This will affect all areas of the articular system which is the joints and areas around the joints.

It affects the Muscular System because this system allows your muscles to move your skeleton. When you have Osgood-Schlatter's and your joints are stiff from running or doing some sort of activity, it is harder for the Muscular System to work.

people affected

  • more common in boys
  • ages 13 to 14
  • 11 to 12 for girls


  • there is no cure
  • wearing a knee brace will help the pain
  • treat the symptoms
  • limit activities
  • Ogood-Schlatter goes away in 12-24 months after bones are done growing



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John Jenna

I chose Osgood-Schlatter because i have it. I have had a lot of pain in the past year but in the beginning of 8th grade my Dr. said I had it. It hurts after running so I don't run cross country anymore. The Dr. said that I will eventually grow out of it.