Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are the injuries that most commonly occur during sports and exercises. These injuries may result from accidents, poor training practices, and use of improper protective gear, lack of conditioning, and insufficient warm up and stretching. The sports injuries may be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse injury) injuries.

The most common sports injuries are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

What’s the Difference Between an Acute and a Chronic Injury?

Signs of an acute injury include:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Swelling, tenderness, or weakness
  • Not being able to place weight on the leg, knee, ankle, or foot
  • Not being able to move a joint normally
  • A bone or joint that is visibly out of place

Chronic injuries occur after playing a sport or performing an exercise for a long time. Signs of a chronic injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain when you exercise
  • A dull ache when you rest

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you get injuried while playing a sport or exercising and feel pain, stop immediately. Do not try to “walk it off” or “work through the pain.” Continuing only does more harm. Call a doctor if there is:

  • Extreme pain, swelling, or numbness
  • Inability to put any weight on the area
  • An old injury hurts, aches, or swells
  • The joint doesn’t feel normal or feels unstable