An internal factor that predisposes an athlete to an overuse injury in his or her sport or activity. Intrinsic risk factors include age-related factors, such as growing bones, or bones weakened with age; anatomical abnormalities (e.g. one leg shorter than the other, flat feet, and overtight muscles); gender-related factors, such as breast development (see bouncing-breast syndrome, unfitness. Compare extrinsic risk factor.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.