What Are the "Types" of Injuries — and the Most Common Sports Injuries
What are the “Types of injuries”?
Good question. When we talk about categories of injuries, we’re basically dealing with two types.
An overuse injury is pretty self-explanatory. It’s an injury that results from placing a steady level of stress, over time, upon a certain part of the body. An example of this would be shin splints in runners, tennis or golf elbow, plantar fasciitis in basketball players, and osteoarthritis.
An Acute injury occurs as a direct result of an impact, trauma, or blow to a certain part of the body. Acute injuries happen often in sports.
Examples of acute injuries:
Ankle sprains or fractures
Some consider there to be a third type of injury, which is “chronic”. This is basically an injury that continues over a significant period of time (over 3 months.).
What are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Groin pulls are fairly common, and avoiding them is a good reason to do proper stretching before engaging in any type of athletic endeavor, especially if it involves a bit of running.
Shin splints refers to a pain in the shins which is caused by repeated activity— mainly running.
Knee Injuries - ACL Tears
ACL tears injuries are a part of sports. Any and all athletes risk knee injuries, but we see them at an especially high rate in football, women’s soccer, and skiing.
Knee Injuries - Patellofemoral Syndrome
This syndrome is caused by the kneecap rubbing against the thigh bone in a repetitive manner.
Also known as epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
Another injury that occurs in sports with a high amount of running involved. Soccer, football, and even baseball players suffer hamstring strains at a higher rate
What To Do About Common Injuries
For many of these injuries, RICE will ease the pain:
For other injuries (such as an ACL Tear) you’ll need surgery to avoid further complications, such as arthritis. If you have any questions, visit your local physician or orthopaedist.
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