Top 5 Most Common Sports-Related Orthopedic Injuries
- Posted on: Aug 29 2014
It’s no secret that athletes are at risk for getting hurt during training, competitions, and games. Help keep yourself safe and explore the top five most common sports-related orthopedic injuries.
- Pulled Muscle. An athlete can pull almost any muscle in his or her body. The most common muscle injury is to the hamstring which is located underneath the buttocks and ends where the knee bends. Straining this muscle can result in pain, swelling, bruising. To prevent pulling a hamstring, be sure to adequately stretch before and after training and competing.
- Tennis Elbow. Elbow injuries equate for approximately 7% of all sports-related injuries. Tennis elbow is the term used to reference elbow pain caused by degeneration of the tendon on the outside of the elbow. This condition doesn’t just affect tennis players, but rather any athlete who overuses the elbow. Tennis elbow can be prevented through forearm strengthening exercises.
- Ankle Sprain. Ankle sprains are commonly seen in volleyball, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and football players, and any sudden twisting of the ankle can result in a sprain that can tear a tendon or ligament. In order to try and prevent weak ankles from spraining, wear a lace-up brace and do strengthening exercises like ankle lifts.
- Shoulder Injury. Approximately 20% of sports-induced injuries involve the shoulder. Shoulder injuries can include dislocations, sprains, strains, and fractures. Swimmers, weightlifters, football players, and volleyball players are the most likely athletes to suffer from a shoulder injury, and pain, shoulder instability (dislocation), weakness, and stiffness are all common symptoms. To prevent shoulder injuries, it is important to sufficiently stretch and strengthen the shoulder as much as possible in the off-season to properly prepare for game day.
- Runner’s Knee. Knee injuries account for approximately 50% of sports-related injuries and are often placed under the umbrella term “runner’s knee,” even though these injuries associated do not pertain only to runners. Runner’s knee is caused by overuse of the joint that puts stress on the tendon below the kneecap. To avoid a knee injury, it is best to replace running sneakers often, and to use supportive insoles. Workouts targeting the quadriceps will help strengthen legs to avoid injury. Stretching before, during, and after working outs and competitions can help preserve the inter-workings of the knee joint.
If you are an athlete and have suffered a sports-related injury, it is best to allow a doctor provide for proper rehabilitation to get you back in the game safely and quickly.
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