A stress fracture, commonly known as a hairline fracture, is a bone injury that shows signs of cracks or other fissures in the bones.
It is common in athletes and among military people, as well as those who play high-impact sports, but also with children who have not yet fully developed their bones. It is also prevalent in people with osteoporosis or other bone problems.
2Common in Athletes
Almost an epidemic in runners, stress fracture incidence in runners approaches 16% of all injuries. All athletes dread stress fractures, especially those in high impact sports like running.
The repeated impact of legs on a hard surface is damaging, and makes them prone to hairlines fractures in the tibia, a weight-bearing bone in the lower leg.