Exploring Sports Injuries

Sam Krampitz

Strains and Sprains

Whats is the fundamental difference between a Strain and a Sprain?

  • A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament (the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints).
  • A strain is also a stretch or tear, this time affecting the muscle itself or a tendon (the tissue that connect the muscles to the bones).

Both Sprains and Strains can occur from the same multitude of reasons; their difference therein lies in the severity of the injury. They both can be occur through as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle.

Where do Sprains or Strains usually occur?

Because sprains or Strains usually occur when a person falls, twists, or lands on a given joint on the body, the knees, ankles, and wrists are the most susceptible. The most common of all, the ankle sprain, can experience up to 25,000 cases on a daily basis.

What can you do to Protect/Prevent joint Sprains or Strains?

There are several options when it comes to utilizing preventive measures against falling victim to sprains and strains. The most effective measures in preventing injury to either the knees, ankles, wrists, or any other join on the body include , but are not limited to, the following:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet to keep muscles strong
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding collisions, or fall damage as much as possible, be cautious of ice, sand and steep inclinations
  • Wearing shoes that fit
  • Exercising on a daily basis
  • Being in proper physical condition to play sports
  • Warming up and stretching before playing sports
  • Be in proper physical condition to play a sport.
  • Warm up and stretch before playing a sport.
  • Wear protective equipment when playing.
  • Run on flat surfaces.

Following these guidelines can ensure the maximum safety when it comes to preventing sprains and strains