Sports and joint injuries - Most common joint injuries in different sports
Sports are very competitive by nature, and many of them involve intense physical contact with the other team or player. While some sports may be more prone to impact related injuries, such as breaks, dislocations, and concussions, others may involve strained and overworked joint and muscle injuries such as tennis elbow, bursitis, contusions, and sprains.
If you are interested in orthopedics, or simply want to understand more about the various joint injuries that can occur during sport matches and training, then continue reading below.
Sports and Joint Injuries
Unfortunately there are a variety of sports that range from player impact, to simple turn based play, Below we’ve compiled the most common sports and listed out the various injuries that players often suffer from.
In American football players are graced with a fair bit of padding both on their body, and on their head. Unfortunately that doesn’t completely shield them from injuries. Players will frequently suffer concussions and contusions from being struck by other players and hitting the ground. Additionally knee injuries due to tendon strains or tears are very common, as well as ankle twists or breaks.
In football, or soccer as we’ll continue to call it to keep things homogenous, players are left unpadded and exposed. There is a significant amount of leg injuries due to the nature of the sport, and players unfortunately are subjected to frequent ankle twists and breaks, knee injuries, and leg breaks.
Leg breaks often occur when a player falls to the ground in an awkward way, or simply strikes another player accidentally with their leg.
Golf is a fairly mild sport, but it is not without its dangers. Players here often will suffer from joint injuries due to improper form or over use. Driving a ball continuously can put a great deal of strain on the elbows and shoulders.
This can lead to “tennis elbow” or simply an inflammation of the ligaments that are located in the elbow. Additionally a wearing down of cartilage can often occur in the shoulders making each swing painful and often unbearable as the cartilage is worn down almost completely.
Tennis elbow is coined after the most frequent injury players in this sport suffer from. Tennis elbow is a painful condition that is caused by the inflammation of the tendons and overuse of muscles around the elbow. This can cause pain when moving the elbow, gripping anything with the hands, or simply lifting the arm up and down.
Another common injury in tennis is a sprained ankle. This is often due to the fact that players must rapidly shift their position and run or stop at various points on the court.
Calf strains are another result of this rapid movement, making it essential for players to properly train and mind their body during gameplay.
Rugby is a very intense sport that is marked by frequent injuries due to the lack of padding and immense physical contact between players. Concussions are very frequent, as are hand injuries such as dislocations and breaks.
Players will often frequently suffer from sprained ankles and shoulder sprains or dislocations.Modified 20 Mar 2019, 14:54 IST