Sports Injuries

4 Most Common Sports Injuries to Be Wary Of

A woman stretches her legs out, bending her knee as part of her recovery.
Written by Nancy

Whether you’re an athlete or a sports/fitness enthusiast, it’s important to focus on form and stability to avoid injury and problems in the long run. Some injuries are the result of accidents, others the result of repetitive motions, and others still emerging as a result of other problems and health concerns.

Some of the most common sports injuries that you need to watch out for include: 

1.     Sprains

Ever sprain your ankle while running or even walking? You’d be surprised at how common sprains are. A sprain is essentially the stretching or tearing of ligaments and can happen in various parts of your body, including the wrist, ankle, and fingers. They require immediate rest and recovery rather than more pressure, and if more severe, surgical intervention may be necessary.

However, physiotherapy and recovery exercises can help you strengthen and repair ligaments after the initial waiting and rest period are over.

2.     Strains

Like sprains, strains are also tears but in muscles rather than ligaments. This type of injury typically results from overuse, accidents, or using a muscle incorrectly. Sometimes exertion, lack of stretching or heating up muscles, and inflexibility can cause it, and it’s quite challenging to deal with.

A group of runners out for a jog on a road.

3.     Tendonitis

Tendonitis is another injury that results from repetitive motions or overuse. Tennis elbow is a common type of tendonitis that results from inflammation in your tendons. It occurs most commonly in the shoulders, elbows, knees, heels, and wrists and can result in extreme pain, limited mobility, and various other problems. You should focus on rest and rehabilitation through physio, pain management, and working on reducing inflammation before anything else.

4.     Fractures

Another devastating sports injury is a fractured bone. Fractures also vary in severity, with some being hairline and others being more serious such as compound fractures. While medical attention is necessary for managing fractures, the long-term road to recovery does require careful monitoring, regaining strength, and regular conditioning via physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy can really help make a difference in the wake of a sports injury. Not only does it help with recovery, but also with strengthening and improving your performance in the long run, but safe rehabilitation. If you’re in search of physiotherapy providers in Birkenhead, Glenfield, North Shore, or other areas, contact Physio Action to know more about their physio services in the region.

About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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