Sports Injuries

By: Leia Emerson

7 most common injuries

  • Ankle sprain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injury: ACL tear.
  • Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone.
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Injuries and how to prevent them

Ankle sprain- when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an awkward way.
  • Balance Training
  • Ankle Strengthening
ACL tear- torn anterior ligament in the knee caused by sudden twisting in the knee
  • Jump routines and learning to pivot properly.
  • Stretches
Shin Splint- Pain caused by overuse along the shinbone, the large front bone in the lower leg (microtears)
  • toe curls
  • massage with ice
  • adding arch support
Hamstring strain- one or more of the four muscles gets overloaded, the muscles could also start to tear.
  • Allow extra warm up time in cold weather
  • Stop exercising if you feel tightness in the back of your legs

Why women are more prone to injuries

  • higher estrogen levels, along with less muscle mass and more body fat
  • greater flexibility (due to looser ligaments) and less powerful muscles
  • a wider pelvis, which alters the alignment of the knee and ankle
  • a narrower space within the knee for the ACL to travel through
  • women also tend to move differently than men.

Most common injuries for women

  • Ankle sprain
  • shoulder troubles
  • Knee Injuries
  • stress fractures