Over time your joint’s cartilage or—natural “shock absorbers”—wear down and become vulnerable to tears and chipping. This is typically the cause of cartilage damage in adults over the age of 30. However, younger athletes are not clear from the risks of cartilage damage—one of the most common causes of damage is from acute sports injury or overuse. Without healthy cartilage, your joints simply cannot function smoothly or effectively.
Your Cartilage is: The smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints.