Common Sports Injuries

What They Are and How to Prevent Them- by Alan R.

Common Sports Injuries

Many common sports injuries include damage to the joints, particularly the knee, hip, and shoulder. Some of the most common injuries are:


  • An ACL Tear
  • Arthritis


These injuries are continuing to plague the population; however, many of these injuries can be prevented.

Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament

The ACL is a ligament in your knee that helps stabilize movement. An ACL tear is one of the most common sports injuries and is often caused by a sudden pivot and hyper-extension of the knee. Women are even more prone to ACL tears due to the differences in male and female anatomy.


An ACL tear can be prevented by routinely doing exercises that strengthen the knee. Here is a link to exercises that have been proven to reduce the risk of an ACL tear by 75%.


http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/knee-pain/acl-injury/strengthening-acl-injury

Arthritis

Arthritis is a prevalent sports injury that many people do not even know they have. According to Arthritis.org, arthritis can simply be defined as joint pain or joint disease. Arthritis can include inflammation, infection, or the wear and tear of a joint. Arthritis can often be treated by ice and heat packs along with over the counter drugs; however, it can sometimes only be treated by surgery.


Arthritis can be prevented by exercising routinely and especially doing exercises that build up your knees, hips, and shoulders. A healthy diet and routine stretching will help prevent this injury. Here is a link to proven strategies to help prevent arthritis.


http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/arthritis-prevention#1

Other Tips to Prevent Any Sports Injuries

  • Do not play the same sport for repeated hours on a daily basis.
  • Exercise regularly and exercise different parts of the body including your joints.
  • Do not perform the same exercises on the same part of the body all the time.
  • Avoid sudden pivots that are not natural to the way your body moves.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Stretch routinely, especially before physical activity.