Know the Common Sports Injuries

Posted on Jan 31 2013 at 09:22:14 AM in Health

Injuries are inevitable for every sports player, casual or professional notwithstanding, medical professionals say. Active, sports-minded individuals may face these injuries at least a few times. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. The risky hip replacement surgery, along with knee replacement, is one of the most common solutions opted by injured sports players. Hip replacements became controversial due to the worldwide recall of DePuy hip replacement system over safety issues.

However, several sports injuries may be prevented. Based on the American College of Sports Medicine, up to 50 percent of all athletic injuries may be avoided. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases conservatively estimates that athletic injury rates may be reduced by 25 percent if all sports players follow essential safety, conditioning and preventive strategies.

Based on a men’s health magazine, the following are the top ten common sports injuries.


  • Runner's Knee Injury
  • ShoulderInjury
  • Ankle SprainTennis Or Golf Elbow
  • Pulled Muscle
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Groin Strain
  • Concussion
  • Achilles Tendinitis


There are several common sports injuries, but there are certain body parts which are more prone to damage than others. As a matter of fact, the top three most common injuries comprise more than 80 percent of all sports injuries. Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand. 

The most common, high-impact sport that leads to injury is running. Sports medicine experts report seeing more runners than any other recreational athletes in their clinics. These are followed by those who participate in skate and snowboarding, mountain biking, dance (including high impact aerobics), tennis, skiing, basketball, gymnastics, football, soccer and figure skating.

Poor technique and structural abnormalities may also contribute to the development of chronic injuries, experts say. Medical investigation of any sports injury is important, because you may be hurt more severely than you think. For instance, what seems like an ankle sprain may actually be a bone fracture.

Thus, it is important for an injured sports player to consult a doctor. Also, the risks and benefits of the prescribed medications and treatments should be discussed thoroughly for it may affect the sports career and activities of the patient. For example, hip replacement surgeries may require a certain span of time for full recovery. Health complications may also arise following the surgery, just like the ones caused by the recalled DePuy hip replacement system. Knowing the early signs, symptoms and what to do can help prevent them from becoming nagging chronic pain problems.


The writer of the article aims to lessen the cases of joint replacements through disseminating information about the possible injuries that may lead to surgeries. This was pushed by the issues discussed on the website about the affected patients of defective 


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Created: Jan 31 2013 at 09:22:14 AM
Updated: Jan 31 2013 at 09:23:42 AM
Category: Health
Language: English