While participating in sports on a regular basis is good for your heart and can help you to maintain a fit waistline throughout the years, most sports activities come with a serious chance of having to deal with injuries at one time or another. Whether due to running, playing basketball, or jumping rope, here are five of the most common sports accidents that you need to be aware of as a sports enthusiast: #1 Sprains and Strains
The most common types of injuries among athletes and sports enthusiasts are strains and sprains.
In fact, just about any type of physical activity can result in these injuries (even walking!) if care is not taken before, during, and after being active. Because these injuries are so common, it is a good idea for those with weak ankles, knees, or wrists to wear braces while playing sports.
#2 Fractures Both acute and stress fractures are common in sports.
Acute fractures are easier to diagnose because the break is typically clean and happens suddenly during blunt force. Fractures caused by stress happen over time and can be very painful without having an obvious cause.
#3 Shin Splints Pain felt in the tibia (along the front of the leg, or the shin) is most common in runners who travel on hard surfaces for long distances at one time.
Those who do not stretch and warm their muscles properly before a long run are the most susceptible to shin splints.
Dislocations occur when the joint in areas like the finger or hand is pushed out of its proper alignment. Things like excessive stretching and rough contact sports such as football are typical causes of dislocations.
In some cases, larger areas such as the knee or shoulder may become dislocated and require emergency treatment.
#5 Knee Injuries Injuries to the knee are common in many sports because they are used for everything from balancing and running, to jumping and sliding. Runner’s knee and tendonitis are just two examples of knee injuries that can occur while engaging in sports activities.
If you find yourself dealing with a sports injury of your own, it is important to see an orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible so that a plan of action for treatment can be put together that best suits your needs. You will find that a quality specialist makes all the difference in the quality and length of the healing process you go through.