The 7 Most Common Sporting Injuries in the UK
Common Sporting Injuries You May Face
Sporting injuries are a common issue faced by those who exercise regularly, or have a very active lifestyle. They usually occur when you’ve overexerted yourself or have pushed your usual exercise limits a bit farther than normal. They can also occur from not performing sporting activities properly, putting undue pressure on specific parts of the body.
Some of the most common sporting injuries people incur are:
- Ankle sprains
- Hamstring strains
- Shin splints
- Pulled groin
- Knee injuries (Patellofemoral syndrome)
- Knee injuries (ACL tear)
- Tennis elbow
Sprains can happen to a number of elements of the body, but the most common area is the ankle. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, (the tough bands which connect bones in a joint). Stretching your ligaments past their limits can deform or tear them. Strains on the other hand are injuries to muscle fibres or tendons, again the most common area to incur a strain is the hamstring (the back of the thigh). Strains are called pulled muscles as they relate to over-stretching or overusing a muscle which causes tears in the muscle fibres or tendons.
If you have carried out more sporting activities than usual or have just started exercising, you may suffer from this. Rest assured, they are not long lasting injuries and with the right treatment such as stretches and rest they will heal back up in no time.
Causes of Sporting Injuries
There are many reasons you may incur a sporting injuries and many causes of injury, the most common causes of sporting injuries are;
- Suffering an accident such as a fall or blow
- Not warming up correctly before exercising
- Using inappropriate equipment to exercise with
- Poor technique of exercise
- Pushing yourself too hard whilst exercising
If you’ve suffered from a sporting injury then you need to consider the types of treatment that you are going to undertake. There are many different types of treatments available for sporting injuries such as sports massages and osteopathic treatments.
Treating Sporting Injuries
If you’re suffering from a sports related injury then there are a number of things you can do to help treat the condition and speed up the recovery process. Your doctor may recommend medications or physiotherapy, osteopathy or sports massages. Seeking alternative treatments can help to reduce pain and speed up your recovery time. Some of the most effective ways to treat sports injuries are:
- Osteopathic Treatments
- Sports Massages
- Doctor Prescribed Medication
- Deep Tissue Massage
These are just a few of the most common treatment options that people choose to seek out to help recover from sporting injuries thanks to the quick recovery time and minimal invasion of these kinds of treatment. It’s always best to consult with your own doctor before seeking alternative or additional treatment.
How to prevent Sporting injuries
Sometimes preventing common sports injuries is beyond our control, but many times these kinds of injuries can be prevented. Some injuries occur because we are not conditioned for the activity, so it’s important to work out on a daily basis to ready your body and build up muscle strength.
Another way to prevent injuries is to start with a gentle warm up, this will increase blood flow to the muscles and makes you more flexible meaning this could decrease your chance of injury. Make sure you do a thorough cool down after each exercise too to prevent the pain and strain you may feel after exercising.
Injuries caused by overuse of the muscles are common and also preventable, should you be hiking, running or participating in a team sport, it’s important to do some light work outs before the activity. Another tip is to learn when to stop, when you start to feel fatigued, it’s time to take a rest. Muscle fatigue takes away all your protective mechanisms and increased your risk of injuries. Listen to your body, it knows whats best when it comes to fitness and training.
Get in touch with our team for help with your sporting injuries
Our team are experts when it comes to sporting injuries and treating muscles that are overused or strained in some way. If you have any of the above injuries or are suffering with pain due to playing sports, then get in touch today and our team will be able to help.