One of the most common injuries in sport is a stress fracture. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. Stress fractures are caused by the repetitive application of force through bones that are not strong enough. Essentially, the bone is weaker than is required for the activity or exercise intensity. The most common stress fractures occur in runners, but stress fracture can occur due to the demands of your sport. eg lumbar spine stress fractures in gymnasts and cricket bowlers. Stress fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Track and field athletes are particularly susceptible to stress fractures, but anyone can experience a stress fracture and would require Sports Injury Rehabilitation. If you're starting a new exercise program, for example, you may be at risk if you do too much too soon. Rehabilitation of a metatarsal fracture may begin at different stages, depending on whether it is an acute fracture or a stress fracture and also the extent and location of the injury. Acute metatarsal fractures, which require complete immobilization in a plaster cast, will not begin rehabilitation until after the cast is removed. Rehabilitation of the individual with a stress fracture should include a program of muscle strengthening and generalized conditioning. Sports Fracture Rehabilitation treatment should include cross training so that excessive loading of the affected bone is avoided. A brief period of restricted weight bearing may be indicated if the athlete initially experiences intolerable pain while walking.