Shoulder pain is a common complaint among young athletes playing overhead sports. Often the pain occurs over time and cannotbe attributed to a specific injury or event. The pain may occur in the front, top, or back of the shoulder and is difficult for the athlete tolocalize. The pain commonly is worse during the overhead motionbut may also persist after the activity is over. There is often associated "popping", "clicking", or a sense that the shoulder is unstable, shifting or going to "pop out." Sports commonly associated with instabilityrelated pain are: swimming, baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball.Other sports like gymnastics and cheerleading may also put theunstable shoulder at risk for injury due to the weight bearingdemands on the shoulder during tumbling.

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