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Sports Injuries; What Are The Most Common Ones?



Athletes are vulnerable to sports injury; so it is imperative to know how to look after the body, muscles should be stretched and warmed up before any physical activity. This will ensure that time is not wasted due to recovery; below are the most common injuries that athletes are subject to.

Facial Lacerations

This injury is most common in contact sports, in a particular martial art, it is estimated that around half of all injuries are facial injuries. This sport involves predicting what the opponent is going to do next; if you do no react accordingly the face can be hit causing trauma, ultimately this will result in a laceration.

Knee Tendinitis

When training there is commonly a large amount of stress put onto your knees; it is important to prevent knee joint hypertension (unless it is unavoidable) as this can lead to tendinitis. Discomfort and pain is a common sign of strain, it can affect the patella, patellar tendons, and knees.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common in athletes who train on uneven surfaces; if possible it is best to practice on gym mats as they provide a soft cushioning. The mat will absorb most of the impact rather than the knees; obviously this is unavoidable if training is done outside.

A Dislocation Of The Kneecap

This is a very serious sports injury; it occurs when the alignment between the knee and the patella is disturbed. Improper leg alignment and sudden kneeling motion is the most common cause.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia supports the foot arch when it stretches and tightens; when training correct footwear should be worn, if not then the plantar fascia will be overused resulting in plantar fasciitis.

The injuries which are stated above are easily treatable; if you are an athlete who trains every day, it is important to know how to look after your body. In a contact sport, the injuries are normally minor and can consist of bruises that will heal with time. Serious sports injuries that appear are usually developed because of improper use of or lack of protective equipment. Make sure that you understand the risks associated with the sport you want to get involved with so that you know what to expect. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above then treatment by physiotherapy in Essex, London, Wales, and throughout the UK can help, by either offering surgery or physiotherapy.