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Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them!

By Sara Butler

Being active and playing sports is really good for you, but you have to take care in order not to be injured. After all, being relegated to the sidelines is not fun! Here are some of the most common sports injuries and how you can avoid them – often with the help of your chiropractor!

Tendonitis

Tendonitis can impact anyone in any sport. Your tendons are bands of tissue that work to connect your bone and muscles together. They also help to transmit the force of your muscles during the activity you’re participating in, which make them pretty darn important for body mechanics. Your tendons can normally handle quite a bit of stretching, but they can become irritated and inflamed when they’re overused or injured. If you don’t take care of them the right way, then they will cause you problems.

When the tendon becomes inflamed, this is tendonitis. It will result in pain and quite often reduces the range of motion of the tendon. You need to take steps to avoid tendonitis, so make sure to stretch before you exercise. Also, start your activity gradually and then work your way up to a higher level of play. Remember that conditioning if very important – so if it’s been while since you exercised or you start something new, ease into it and see your chiropractor regularly!

Sprains

Sprains are very common, as you probably know by having experienced one in your life at some point! A sprain impacts ligaments, the bands of tissue that connect joints together. When your ligaments become overstretched or torn, then you will suffer a sprain – and they’re usually very painful!

Sprains are often the result of an unnatural or sudden force on the joint. This will then cause the ligaments to stretch and even break, and it can take you out of your game for quite some time as it heals.

To avoid sprains, stretch before any activity. That way your joints are loose and ready to undergo stress and strain. Strength training will also help you to avoid sprains during the sport or exercise of your choice, as strong muscles can help to support a joint and help you avoid injury

Also, remember to wear the correct footwear during exercise as well as any other necessary equipment. Your chiropractor can help you figure out what you might need to support healthy ligaments and avoid a sprain.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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