The Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Sports Injuries Orthopaedic Associates of Reading

You enjoy being active, getting outside, mixing it up with friends, or simply seeing what your body is capable of on your own. With a few simple steps, you can continue to enjoy your active life by avoiding sports injuries that could put you on the sidelines.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, we provide the services you need to overcome sports injuries of all kinds. But as sports medicine specialists, we prefer that our clients in Berks County, Pennsylvania, avoid injury altogether. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more common sports injuries and how you can avoid them.

The sports injury hit list

There are any number of ways to injure yourself while being active, but the most common sports injuries include:

Again, this list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the scope of injuries that can crop up in the course of playing sports. And these injuries can be either acute or on the heels of repetitive use, which means they develop over time.

Beefing up your defenses against sports injuries

As you can see by the list above, strains and sprains rank among the most common injuries, and they’re also some of the easier conditions to prevent if you prepare yourself properly. There’s a very good reason why higher-level athletes spend more time off the court or field and in the gym — they’re strengthening their muscles.

When you participate in sports, you’re asking your body to perform at a higher level, so you’d do well to ensure that your muscles are up to the task. Through targeted strengthening exercises at the gym, you can ensure that your muscles won’t be pushed past their limits. For example, if you enjoy getting out on the golf course or tennis court each weekend, why not hit the gym once or twice a week to strengthen your arms and shoulders?

By doing your time with the weights, you accomplish the perfect sports trifecta: 1) Protect your muscles against strain; 2) Improve your performance; and 3) Improve your endurance.

We’re happy to sit down with you to suggest exercises for your particular athletic endeavor.

Overall conditioning

While concentrating on key muscles and joints serves you well, so does all-around conditioning. Your body is a finely tuned machine that relies on balance to perform at its best. If you know you’re taxing a certain area, and you’ve taken pains to beef it up, remember that other areas of your body are also working toward the same goal.

One of the best ways to stay at the top of your game is to step away from it for some all-around conditioning. Spending time in the gym working your entire body, taking a yoga or pilates class, or picking up another sport every once in a while will help with overall function and prevent injury.

Listen up

While many sports injuries are acute, some build over time, such as tennis elbow or rotator cuff tears. We urge you to listen to your body while you’re active, and at the first signs of trouble, take immediate action to prevent an injury that will have much longer-term consequences.

We know that gritting your teeth and grunting through the pain is part of sports’ lore, but erring on the side of caution will keep you active far longer. Sometimes all it takes is a tweak in your performance to take the pressure off your beleaguered soft tissue, giving it a well-deserved rest.

So we urge you to come see us if you’re experiencing any pain or weakness so that we can come up with a plan that prevents far more serious damage.

The right tools for the job

It’s also important that you equip yourself properly for your sport. Ill-fitting sneakers, for example, can wreak havoc on the joints in the lower half of your body. As well, protective padding, helmets, and anything else that can safeguard your body is always a good idea.

If you’d like us to help you create a sports injury prevention plan, we’re happy to help. Just give us a call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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