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Sports Injury 101: Identifying Types and Causes of Injury

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

Engaging in sports activities is one of the best ways to stay healthy and slim. However, players should not push themselves to their limit just to satisfy the conditions of the sporting event. They should also consider their own health so they can continue playing different kinds of sports.

If you are a sports enthusiast or an athlete and you want to know more about sports injuries, here are the common causes:

  • Joints are bent and flexed beyond their limits
  • Failure to do warm-ups before playing the actual game
  • Failure to wear safety gear
  • Too much exercise and warm-ups
  • Only focusing on a certain body part during warm-up or exercise sessions

If you do not want to nurse an injury, then do not do these things. Aside from causes of sporting injuries, there are also several types of injuries that happen in sports activities. Below are the types of sports injuries:

  • Muscle strain or sprain – These types of injuries often occur in joints such as knees, elbows, ankles, wrists, and neck. If a person abuses his joints when playing, his muscles might not be able to relax, resulting to strain and sprain injuries.
  • Torn ligaments – The ligaments, together with the tendons, help muscles and bones move properly. If one of the athlete's ligaments breaks, he may not be able to play for a while.
  • Dislocated joints – Dislocated joints often happen in physical and fighting sports. It occurs when an external force hits the person's joints. Oftentimes, dislocated joints can be "fixed" easily, but only by people who have medical expertise.
  • Bruises – Players get bruises in almost any kind of physical sport. In fact, the purpose of some sports events is for players to hit their opponents more.
  • Concussions – A head concussion is a rare, but very dangerous injury. Victims of such injury often become paralyzed or suffer internal bleeding.
  • Fractures – When a bone is fractured, it would take a long while before the patient is able to play again.

Most of these conditions can be treated easily such as simple sprains, strains, and bruises. However, there are also sports injuries that require operation. That is why you should learn how to take care of yourself when playing.

Some people say sports injuries cannot be totally prevented because almost anything happens in a game. Whether this is true or not, the important thing is that you have taken every preventive measure to avoid having injuries. But just in case someone you know has suffered a sports injury, you can ask legal assistance from a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.


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