5 of the most common sports injuries and how to avoid them

After spending much of a very busy week working, it’s understandable if you would like to spend the weekend unwinding by playing some sport. However, if your job usually involves long periods of sitting on a chair, you could too easily pick up an injury once you start with the sports action.

Here are 5 especially common injuries that can be inflicted by sports and details of how these problems can be prevented. It’s worth recalling the saying that prevention is better than cure…

Ankle sprain

The stronger and more flexible you are, the less likely you are to sprain your ankle. Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped most athletes injuring themselves in this manner at some point, as WebMD explains.

You would be likeliest to sprain an ankle by turning the foot inward and, in the process, stretching or tearing the ankle’s outside ligaments. However, by doing particular exercises recommended by a doctor or physical therapist, you can reduce the chances of this injury reoccurring.

Groin pull

Moving side-to-side to push off could strain your groin – or, to be more exact, inner thigh muscles. Groin injuries are especially often picked up in football, baseball, hockey, and soccer.

After a groin pull has healed, you should resist too quickly becoming fully active again. Otherwise, that groin pull could be aggravated or become a long-term issue.

Hamstring strain

Were you to hurdle, where you would sharply kick out the leg during running, you could over-stretch the hamstring, which comprises three muscles in your thigh’s back. Alternatively, you could strain that hamstring by falling forward during waterskiing.

While avoiding either of those actions could obviously help you prevent a strained hamstring, this injury could also happen if you return to activity within 6-12 months of previously suffering a hamstring strain, as this is the amount of time that can be required for that injury to fully heal.

ACL tear

This term is used for when the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which attaches the knee to the leg bone, is torn. This can happen if you are suddenly hit on the side or stopped. Especially horribly, you might hear a “pop” sound if the ACL is fully torn, rather than simply strained.

While you can prevent an ACL tear happening in the first place, if it does occur, it is possible to recover with ACL reconstruction, which is available as private orthopaedic surgery in London.

Tennis elbow

Playing golf or tennis can be very fun; however, unfortunately, the repetitive movements that your elbow needs to make as a result can irritate or slightly tear that elbow’s tendons. This can give rise to a condition called epicondylitis, less scientifically known as tennis elbow.

Naturally, lowering the amount of time that you spend on a golf course or tennis court can help prevent tennis elbow – and this procedure is also advised for assisting recovery from epicondylitis. This condition, which typically affects the elbow’s outside, most often emerges in people in the 30-60 age bracket.