What Are The Most Common Sports Injuries And Why Do They Happen?

Every year, sports injuries sideline millions of athletes and physical fitness enthusiasts. But while it’s impossible to avoid all sports-related accidents and injuries, good training habits can help lessen the risk.  More

What Are The Most Common Sports Injuries And Why Do They Happen?

 Written By Dr. Charles R. Kaelin / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

People who regularly engage in sports and physical activities are susceptible to a wide range of injuries. No matter how “in-shape” you are, injuries are bound to happen at some point.

Anyone from a seasoned athlete to a casual sports fan can suffer from a sports-related injury – especially children. And while most common sports injuries can be treated with the RICE method and some pain medication, others may require a prolonged and more difficult recovery process.

What Causes Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries are injuries sustained while participating in a sport or exercising. They can happen accidentally or as a result of putting too much force on a body part – either all at once or over an extended period.

Often, sports injuries are caused by overtraining and poor training practices such as not warming up or using improper training gear. However, they can also be the result of muscle/tendon weakness and unsafe training conditions.

The type of injuries you’re likely to sustain largely depends on what sports you participate in. The more you know about common sports injuries, the better prepared you will be if something goes wrong. Recognizing the signs and knowing when to seek medical attention can improve your chances of making a full recovery.

5 Common Sports Injuries

There are two main types of sports injuries: acute injuries and chronic injuries.

Acute injuries are usually caused by accidental falls or blows. In most cases, acute injuries are not life threatening and can be treated at home.

Chronic injuries, on the other hand, are a result of injuries that have persisted for an extended period, typically due to repetitive training. Acute injuries can develop into chronic injuries when left untreated.

Here are five of the most common sports injuries:

1. Strains and Sprains

Strains and sprains are two of the most common sports injuries as they can happen while performing almost any athletic activity. Strains occur when a muscle is pulled beyond its normal limits, while sprains occur when you tear or overstretch a ligament.

Most strains are minor and heal naturally with rest. However, if you experience limited range of motion and notice severe bruising on the affected area, we recommend visiting an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.

2. Knee Injuries

The knee endures a lot of punishment and wear, especially when playing sports that involve plenty of running. ACL tears, cartilage tears, dislocations, and fractures are some of the most common knee injuries in athletes.

There are a variety of treatment options for knee injuries, depending on severity. Milder injuries can be treated with rest and physical therapy, while more severe ones may necessitate surgery and keep athletes out of action for months at a time.

3. Shin Splints

Shin splints is a term used to describe the inflammation of the muscles and tendons in the lower leg, specifically the area around the shin. It is caused by repeated stress and high impacts on the lower leg muscles and common among runners and basketball players.

Shin splints are characterized by pain in the front of the lower leg that worsens as you continue playing. Luckily, these injuries are acute and the pain usually goes away with rest.

4. Dislocated Joints

Joint dislocation occurs when one or more bones in a joint are yanked out of their normal sockets. Contact sports such as football and basketball are notorious for causing dislocations, but so can over-exerting yourself.

A dislocated joint must be realigned as soon as possible with the help of a medical professional. Damage to the soft tissue surrounding the injured joint can cause long-term pain and other side effects.

5. Fractures

There are two types of fractures common in people who engage in sports: stress fractures and acute fractures. Of the two, acute fractures are more serious as they involve an actual break in the bone.

Fractures are some of the most dangerous sports injuries you can experience. Whether it’s an acute fracture or a stress fracture, seek medical attention immediately to prevent the condition getting worse. Severe fractures and complete breaks may require surgical intervention to restore the bone’s normal function.

Preventing Sports Injuries

There are two simple ways to avoid sports-related injuries.

One -- make sure you use the right equipment; never play a sport without proper protective gear. And, two -- stretch before and after playing or exercise. Also, don’t forget to hydrate and take time off to allow your body to recover.

Every year, sports injuries sideline millions of athletes and physical fitness enthusiasts. But while it’s impossible to avoid all sports-related accidents and injuries, good training habits can help lessen the risk.

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Dr. Charles R. Kaelin received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and completed his orthopaedic training at Orlando Regional Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Kaelin also received training in Sports Medicine at Alabama Sports Medicine with Dr. Lemak, specializing in sports medicine and workman's compensation injuries. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) since 1990. He is a charter member of the International Cartilage Research Society, Founding member of the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AAOS) and past editorial board member for the American College of and Fitness Journal.

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Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at .

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Sugar And Its Effect On The Body

Most healthy people know they should try and eliminate sugar from their diets. In order to do that, you will need to become a detective who is able to recognize sugar in all of its forms.More

Sugar And Its Effect On The Body

Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts

To be truly healthy and fit, you need to have a firm grasp of nutrition and how different elements in food affect your body and metabolism.

Sugar

Most healthy people know they should try and eliminate sugar from their diets. In order to do that, you will need to become a detective who is able to recognize sugar in all of its forms. Table sugar is pure sucrose. But what is sucrose exactly?

Sucrose is common sugar that can be found in packets at the coffee shop or in bags in the baking aisle. It is made up of two other simple sugars: fructose and glucose. Fructose can also be found naturally in fruit. Glucose is what people mean when they talk about diabetes and measure how much glucose is in the bloodstream.

The reason people who are trying to become fit and healthy shouldn't eat sugar is that the glucose found in sugar is what your body uses to feed the cells in your body and keep you awake and alive. So that's good, isn't it? Actually, it isn't good if you're trying to lose weight. Once your body has used all the glucose it needs for the day, it will store it as fat.

Carbohydrates

Pure sugar is not the only thing to avoid. Sugar is hidden in lots of food items by giving it a different name. To be exact, there are 56 different names for sugar. Learn to recognize them so you can avoid them. Some foods without added sugar, or with very little, turn into glucose when they are digested.

Simple carbohydrates like white bread are easily converted to glucose. However, even complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grains, peas and beans will eventually become sucrose. The only advantage to complex carbohydrates is that they burn slower so the sucrose enters the bloodstream in smaller amounts over time.

Fat

Since excess glucose is stored as fat, you should obviously avoid sugar and carbs when trying to lose weight. This is why diets that simply restrict calories often don't work very well. 

To really get your body to use its fat stores, you need to be very strict about eliminating sucrose in all its forms from your diet. After a day or two of burning what's left in your bloodstream, your body will have no choice but to use another source of energy and will turn to fat burning.

You should keep eating at regular intervals: every two hours is ideal. The reason for this is that if your body is not getting any food input, it will actually slow down metabolism until more food comes along. In this mode, fat burning will either slow down or stop completely.

Protein

Protein is an ideal choice during weight loss. Protein is a very satisfying food and will help a dieter stay full longer. It has been called the most important nutrient for weight loss by medical experts. It can speed up metabolism and give a better shape to your body.

Protein, along with a little healthy fat for your liver and green leafy vegetables will keep you healthy while you lose weight and get into better shape. Just be careful you don't overdo it on protein, though, since it can also be stored as fat.

Muscle Building

Now that you know how to eat healthily and lose weight, it's time to incorporate exercise, but not just any exercise. Concentrate on activities that build muscle like weight training. Although muscle does weigh a bit more than fat, it does many things for you while fat does nothing.

Building more muscle will give you a better shape and more endurance. Muscle tissue also burns more calories so the weight loss process can continue.

Conclusion

Being educated about what to put in your body is extremely important. Study nutrition as if your life depends on it since it does.

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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.

Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed , a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at .

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