Most Common Sports Injuries

Knee Wound with bandaid

You sit behind a computer for eight hours a day, but on the weekends, you are a warrior. You run the track with your friends, shoot hoops at the neighborhood park or play second base for the local softball league. No matter what sport you participate in, you are putting yourself at risk for injury.

Sports injuries aren’t always the major events you see on television. While you can certainly break a bone, you are more likely to pull a muscle or tendon. Here are seven injuries that you are most likely to incur:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Pulled groin
  • Strain of the hamstring
  • Shin splints
  • ACL tear or other knee injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Injury to the rotator cuff (typically with repeated motion over time)

Without a doubt, the most common injuries are strains and sprains. A strain is the pulling of a tendon or muscle fibers. A sprain in an injury to a ligament. These injuries, once diagnosed properly, are easy to treat at home. Do not, however, attempt to treat an injury on your own without having first received a professional diagnosis.

Prevention, as with most things in life, is the best cure. Do your best to prevent injury by warming up before exercise, do a bit of training before participating full out in a sport and always cool down following exercise. Warm-ups and cool-downs should be low-key. Stick to a walk or some light stretching.

Another thing that you can do is learn to recognize when your body has had enough. Many injuries occur from muscle fatigue. If  you feel tired, stop playing. There is no shame in preventing yourself from becoming injured. You can always play next weekend.

If you or a loved one has been injured during a sport at the hands of another, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call our offices to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and advise you of your options. Call now or browse our website for more information about how we can assist you.

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