How to Prevent Muscle Tears

By: Courtney Lombardo

Common Sports Injuries

  • ACL tear
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Patellofemoral syndrome

Sprains vs. Strains

Sprains are injuries to the ligaments, connecting the bone to a joint. Suddenly stretching a ligament past their limits deforms or tears them. Strains are injuries to the muscle fibers or tendons, which connect bone to muscle. Strains (or pulled muscles) are caused by over-stretching or over-using a muscles, causing tears in the muscle fibers or tendons.

How to Prevent Injuries

Every workout should start out with a gentle warm up to prevent any of the common injuries. Getting warmed up increases blood flow to the muscles, gets you more flexible, and could decrease injuries. Overuse injuries are common and preventable. It can be prevented by lightly working the relevant muscle groups in the weeks before the activity. Part of prevention is knowing when to stop working out/ playing your sport for a couple weeks. Professional athletes don't play their sport year round, and neither should you. Also getting the right amount of nutrition, sleeping, and adequate rest. There are certain exercises/ stretches you can do to prevent these injuries or cure them, but overall you would just need rest.

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