While including sports in your day-to-day life is a great tool to help keep fit and maintain good health, the body is prone to injuries from time to time. This is because muscles, tissue and bone undergo a lot of stress during sports activities and may give way when that stress becomes too much.
However, the fear of sustaining an injury should not be a deterrent to anyone participate in sports. Instead, taking the necessary measures to prevent sports related injuries is ultimately the best way to go. Here are three of the most common sport injuries and ways that you can prevent them from occurring.
Sprained ankles occur when the ligaments that connect the bones of the ankle are torn or over stretched. Approximately 850,000 Americans suffering an ankle sprain every year. They are not always 100 % avoidable but they can be prevented in some cases. Here is how:
- Always warm up before attempting any vigorous workout or sporting activity.
- Perform balancing exercises that will help to strengthen your ankles and increase stability on a daily basis.
- Wear comfortable shoes that are designed for specific activities such as running, walking or playing a sport.
- Walk and run carefully at all times to lessen the chance of wringing your ankles.
Pulled Groin Muscles
Also called groin strains, groin pulls or Adductor strains, pulled groin muscles are fairly common sport injuries. Most often athletes in track and field, basketball, football, soccer and hockey sustain this type of injury however other athletes can also experience a pulled groin muscle. To lessen your chance of sustaining this type of injury you should:
- Warm up thoroughly before attempting strenuous exercises.
- Practice exercises that boost your overall body strength and flexibility.
- Practice exercises that focus specifically on strengthening and conditioning the muscles of the groin area.
Hamstring is also a very common and often painful sports injury. It often affects people who indulge in sports that require quick bursts of speed. While it is very uncomfortable, painful and may take longer than some other sports injuries to heal, there are several ways to prevent it. Here are a few:
- Complete a thorough warm-up exercise regimen.
- Engage in strength-training exercises that strengthen the hamstring.
- Perform stretches such as static hamstring stretches to improve the overall flexibility of your hamstring and prevent strains.