Five Most Common Sports Injuries

No matter your sport of choice, there's always a risk of injury. Below we've shared some of the most common sports injuries and detailed how these conditions affect your body.


Strains and Sprains

Strains and sprains are the most common types of sports injuries by far. These injuries can occur during almost any kind of physical activity. A sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or overstretched. These tears can range from minor to complete, which severs the ligament. A strain is a pulled muscle, and a occurs when the fibers within a muscle are stretched too far. Strains also range from minor to severe.

Shin Splints

Failing to warm up or stretch can lead to shin splints. A shin splint is pain along the shin bone and is common among runners. Running on hard surfaces, wearing shoes that lack proper support and having flat feet can contribute to shin splints. The pain typically occurs in the front part of the lower leg and can also be located in the foot and ankle, precisely where the bone meets the calf muscles.

Dislocations

A dislocation occurs when the bones in a joint are pushed out of alignment. Contact sports or activities that require excessive stretching can cause dislocations. In most cases, the injury will require medical treatment and is considered an emergency. The dislocated bone can be relocated, but the connective tissue surrounding the joint may withstand severe damage.

ACL Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in your knee. The most common cause of injuries to the ACL is trying to cut, change, or pivot directions quickly.  Slight tears can be healed without surgery, thanks to scar tissue, which helps repair the ligament and stabilize the knee. A complete ACL tear will require surgery and a few months for recovery.

Plantar Fasciitis

Every year over three million cases of Plantar Fasciitis is reported throughout the United States. The condition is characterized by stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel, especially in the morning. Your plantar fascia functions as a shock-absorbent and supports the arch of the foot as you move. Stretching and tearing the fascia can lead to irritation and inflammation. Rest and ice can provide immediate, temporary relief but these treatments don’t genuinely fix the problem.

 

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