Many have sports activities as an important part of their fitness routine. Similarly, there are a large number of people that participate in different types of sports – many of which demand a high level of activity and come with a considerably increased risk of an injury.
Regardless of whether you’re playing the sport on a professional level or to work on your fitness, or even just for fun, you would want to do your best to avoid an injury. A serious sports injury may sideline you from your sport, and perhaps even your fitness routine for a long time – something that may result in your fitness goals taking a huge hit.
Hence, take the time to go through and understand everything that we mention below, as following these things alone may lower your risk of an injury to significant extent.
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Common Types of Sports Injury
First things first, let us give you a little idea about the most common types of sports injuries – the ones you’re most likely to encounter. They include:
- Muscle injuries
- Strains and sprains in ligament and tendon
- Bone fractures
There are also some other types of sports injuries, but they are rather rare when compared to the ones listed above. Now, let us also give you an estimate of exactly which sport is responsible for these injuries.
Bicycle riding is believed to be the biggest cause of these injuries, being responsible for as many as 9% of them. It’s followed by basketball, which accounts for about 6% of these injuries. Football and baseball are the other major contributors to these injuries, with about 5% and 3% of all these injuries being linked to them, respectively.
Other sports that are often associated with said injuries include gymnastics, ice hockey, skating and skiing.
Ways to Prevent Falling Prey to a Sports Injury
You can reduce the risk of falling prey to a sports injury significantly by just taking some basic precautions. Sometimes, you may have to put in a bit more effort into ensuring a better level of safety, but it may still be worth it.
With that said, we will now walk you through some of the most effective methods and techniques to prevent sports injuries, regardless of the sport you’re participating in.
This is actually quite basic but still overlooked surprisingly often. Pretty much every major sport out there requires a certain level of physical strength, without which you would be considerably more prone to an injury.
Hence, it’s often recommended that anyone who wants to participate in a particular sport, especially on a professional level, needs to work on their body and physical strength. Once they get into the kind of physical condition they need to participate in the sport in a safe way, they are good to go.
This also means that your participation in that particular sport shouldn’t be your only basis for your physical condition. You would ideally want to have a fitness routine, or at least an off-season training routine.
It would help ensure that when you get back to the sport after a break, your body is still in shape to participate in it just as safely as before.
Respecting the Rules
The rules are in place (in any major sport) not only to ensure a fair level of play, but also to keep injuries at bay. Many of the rules are often focused on improving the level of safety while participating in the sport.
It is therefore very important to be thoroughly aware of all the rules of the sport you’re participating in, as well as to also respect them all the time. This is especially true while involving yourself in a sport like football or basketball, where the chances of an injury are often worryingly high.
Also, being knowledgeable about how a particular sport is played the right way often goes a long way in not only performing better at it, but also avoiding injuries to a considerable extent. Lack of knowledge of the game techniques and also the safety measures you need to take may make you more likely to end up having an injury.
Rare Sports Injuries
We think it’s also important to make you aware of some rare sports injuries that you may not even think are possible, but they actually are. This is especially true in case of sports like golf and foosball.
A golf injury may seem very rare, but it’s actually pretty common in people playing the sport regularly. Basically, your best bet while playing any sport like golf – where your upper body is always significantly more involved than your lower body – is to maintain a proper posture. Similarly, you would also want to go smooth while swinging or hitting the ball (in sports that have one while playing such as golf or football).
For golf in particular, you would want to avoid over-swinging, as well as flexing your muscles too hard.
Using Protective Equipment
This is another rather basic factor that’s often ignored. Using protective equipment is probably the simplest way to ensure a great level of safety. In fact, in many cases, it may also allow you to play the sport more effectively.
For instance, when playing football, you would want to use protective equipment specifically designed for the sport such as shoulder pads, thigh pads and a helmet. There are usually also additional safety equipment, but whether they are necessary for you or not may depend on your safety requirements.
This is common when it comes to protective equipment such as knee or elbow support. Some may want to use them all the time, while some others may not feel the need for it. It’s more of a personal preference than a general safety measure, though.
That being said, it also means that many times, you may have to figure out your own needs for the use of protective equipment. Say for instance, if you have suffered from a knee or elbow injury in the past, you may want to use knee or elbow support all the time, though it may not be necessary for others.
However, it’s important to note that the protective equipment is to be used at all times, not just when playing the sport on a professional level. This means you would also want to use all the recommended protective equipment even during the practice or training.
Warm ups are crucial for pretty much every sport that involve a high level of physical activity – period. You need to work particularly on the muscles that are going to take most stress during the game, and do stretching exercises that makes them more flexible and relaxed. However, you would want to do this without putting any strain or stress on them.