If you’re an athlete and engage in sports of any kind, this means that you’re opening yourself up to potential mishaps and injuries — it comes along with the territory.
Of course at AVORS we believe that living an active lifestyle is one of the all-important keys to living a healthy, balanced life. That’s why we’re here to help in the case of an injury or sports emergency. Equally as important, we are also here to provide education to our patients that will help them avoid costly injuries down the road.
Below are a few common sports injuries and what you can do to avoid them.
1.) Hamstring Strain
When you experience a hamstring injury it will be in the form of a strain or a muscle tear occurring in the tendons or large muscles located at the back of your thigh. A hamstring injury can occur at 3 levels: Grade 1 being a more mild muscle pull; Grade 2 being a slight or partial muscle tear; and Grade 3 being a complete muscle tear.
You can avoid hamstring strain by incorporating a rigorous stretch routine on top of your workouts. Generally, it’s a good idea to warm up by doing calisthenics and working on your range of motion — save the big stretch for after your workouts.
2.) Knee Injury / ACL Tear
Your knee is an intricate part of the body that is connected by ligaments, which are strong bands of connective tissue that link the bones of your body. Your body has 4 of them (the ACL — Anterior Cruciate Ligament connecting the thigh and shin; the PCL — Posterior Cruciate Ligament connecting the thigh and shin bone to the knee; the LCL — Lateral Collateral Ligament connecting the thigh to the fibula; and the MCL — Medial Collateral Ligament connecting the thigh bone to the shin bone at the inside of the knee).
Taking measures like staying at a healthy body weight, wearing the right kind of shoes, stretching, focusing on your form and range of motion, and switching to lower-impact workout routines can all significantly reduce your chances of sustaining a knee injury.
3.) Tennis Elbow
When you experience an elbow injury (usually termed Tennis Elbow) the pain will usually be focused on the outside of the arm — right where the forearm connects to the elbow. This can occur to strain and overuse, it can also occur due to blunt force or trauma. You muscle and ligaments can develop tears that lead to inflammation. Although tennis elbow is commonly associated with the sport of its namesake, less than 5% of tennis elbow injuries are linked to playing tennis.
To avoid tennis elbow you should incorporate a stretch routine after workouts and even after work. Make it a part of each and every day. You can also focus on low impact workouts. If you do a lot with your upper body, maybe it’s time to go for a bike ride, for instance.
If you have any questions about how to avoid these common sports injuries or you experience a sports injury even in the face of taking these countermeasures listed above, contact AVORS Medical Group today to schedule your consultation. We’ll get you back to active the right way.