Most Common Sports Injuries

Most Common Sports Injuries

As an athlete, a coach or even a soccer mom, you would have come across many a sports injuries and would know exactly how to treat most of them by now. If you are a new soccer mom, it is best you learn the basics now and not before it is too late. There are seven very common sports injuries encountered by most athletes at some point of their careers. These are ankle sprains, hamstring strain, groin pull, knee injuries such as ACL tear and Patellofemoral syndrome, shin splints and tennis elbow. While some require rushing to the emergency room, some can be treated at home and on the field before being taken to the doctors.

Ankle Sprain

This usually occurs when a foot turns inwards and the excess stretching cause’s tears in the ligaments. It is important to see the doctor immediately as the sprain could be a ‘high ankle sprain’ which is much slower to heal and sometimes may even result in the bones in the lower leg being separated. Most people do not consider an ankle sprain aserious injury, but if treated wrong, the recovery time can be long and tedious. Find this out for more information about direct anterior hip replacement.

A Groin Pull

It may sound funny, but to those who know the pain of this particular injury, it is no joke. If you are associated with hockey, football or baseball, you are most likely bound to come across this injury as a result of straining the inner thigh muscle. Ice and rest along with compression are the best remedies for a groin pull but aggravating it by going back to action before it is fully healed could result in a prolonged recovery and may even result in serious repercussions later on.

Knee Injuries

These are more severe than the above mentioned ones and may result in surgery. For example, the dreaded ACL tear will require immediate attention from a knee specialist.

A Patellofemoral syndrome occurs where your kneecap rubs against your thigh bone which thereafter may damage the tissue under the knee cap. In serious cases a knee arthroscopy Melbourne may even have to be done to determine the extent of the damages. However, it is important to remember to take plenty of rest as the recovery time can extend up to as long as six weeks and patience needs to be exercised.

Tennis Elbow

Tiny tears or irritations may occur in the tendons of the elbow due to repetitive use of the elbow as seen in tennis or golf. This is usually seen in adults in their mid-30s to 60s and is usually best to clear off the courts or golf tee until the pain clears up.