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Ways to Avoid a Sports Injury

If you’re an athlete, there is often nothing more important than your health. When your body is constantly being pushed to its limit, it’s easy for an injury to occur that can result in the sudden inability to play. Sometimes this can even force athletes to give up on their favorite activity, or a promising career. Luckily there are many effective methods which can help prevent injury before it happens. Some of these include stretching, keeping a nutritional balance, staying hydrated, and knowing when to take breaks. Your body is your most important tool, and taking care of it should always be a top priority.

In the sports world there are many different types of injuries. Every sport has different types of injury that are common within them. Some frequent injuries in major sports are listed below:

Football

  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) injuries
  • Torn meniscus (when a player rotates their body while a foot stays planted)
  • Shoulder tendinitis (overuse of shoulder)

Baseball

  • Impingement syndrome (inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff)
  • “Little leaguer’s elbow” (inflammation on the inner side of the elbow)
  • Tenosynovitis (inflammation tendons on the thumb side of the wrist)

Tennis

  • “Tennis elbow”(overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist or bend it)
  • Shoulder overuse injuries (usually due to poor conditioning and strength of the rotator cuff muscles)

Winter sports (skiing/snowboarding)

  • Wrist injury
  • Twisted ankle
  • Skier’s thumb (thumb ligament damage)

Preventing these types of injuries can be very simple. Warming up your muscles and joints prior to performing any athletic activity is imperative, and there are a variety of stretches that take a very small amount of time but will keep your muscles limber and strong. The type of warm-ups and stretches you should do depend on the sport, so consult your physician or a WPOSM specialist for guidance.

Another important element of preventing injury, is to make sure that you keep hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Staying healthy in a nutritional sense helps muscles and bones stay strong.

Unfortunately, there are times when a sports injury can’t be avoided. At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our professionals are here to help you with any sports injuries that may occur. Visit our website and schedule an appointment today, so you can get back in the game sooner.