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Sports Injuries

We all know that exercise is good for us, but unfortunately, it can often lead to a variety of ailments and sports injuries. Often the underlying cause of a sports injury is overuse, which is why those who are new to the world of keep-fit are more likely to end up with an injury because their body is unaccustomed to the stress and strain of exercise. However, even experienced athletes are not immune and in some cases, the underlying cause is a dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. So what are the most common ailments and how can you avoid falling victim to them?

Five Common Sports Injuries And How To Avoid Them:

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee Sports Injuries

Runner’s knee is by far the most common sports related injury physiotherapists see. There are many different causes of pain in and around the knee area. Some people experience pain under the kneecap itself whereas other report discomfort beneath or to the side of the kneecap. It isn’t just runners who are susceptible to runner’s knee: cyclists, footballers and anyone who exercises the knee joint excessively can end up with the symptoms of runner’s knee.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Sports Injuries

If you are suffering from pain in your heel, plantar fasciitis is probably the reason. It may be just one heel that is affected, or both. The cause of the pain is a thickening of the plantar fascia tissue in the foot, as a result of damage over weeks or months. Eventually the tissue surrounding the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, causing a painful heel. Most people find that plantar fasciitis is worse when they first get up in the morning and it feels better after exercise, although it usually gets worse again pretty quickly. The main cause of plantar fasciitis is tight calf muscles, so adequate stretching can help to prevent it.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis Sports Injuries

The Achilles tendon lies at the back of the heel. When all is well, you probably don’t give it much thought, but if it becomes sore and inflamed you will definitely know it’s there. Runners often suffer from Achilles tendonitis, usually as a result of increasing the intensity of exercise too quickly. If left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can become so bad you will barely be able to walk let alone run.

Shin Splints

Shin Splints Sports Injuries

Shin splints affect the lower leg. You will experience a dull ache in the muscles surrounding the shin bone that worsens with exercise. If left untreated, shin splints can become very painful, even when the leg is rested. In most cases shin splints occur in people who try to do too much too soon. Wearing old running shoes without much cushioning is also a factor.

Back Pain

Back Pain Sports Injuries

Vague lower back pain is common amongst amateur athletes. There are many causes of lower back pain, including disc problems and pulled muscles, but often the pain is as a result of weak core muscles and poor posture. The best way to prevent back pain is to develop a strong core and warm up adequately prior to a workout.

The best way to prevent sports injuries is to increase the intensity of exercise slowly and carefully, and when symptoms do make their presence felt, rest the affected part until they subside.

About the Author : Jake Denver, works in BodyWise Physiotherapy, a leading physiotherapy clinic in Perth, Western Australia. He enjoys writing health and tech related articles in his spare time.


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