People get into sports for a lot of reasons but none of them is to get injured. So it’s important that you know the risk factors in playing sports so that you can avoid getting hurt as much as possible.
Sports that involve overusing or repetitive movements tend to result injuries. This is why if you noticed tennis elbow, golf elbow, and runner’s knee are named after a sport. These injuries are named such way because the sport utilizes that particular part of the body repeatedly.
2. Stops And Twists
People who play sports like basketball, gymnastics, and soccer often encounter knee and ankle injuries because of the quick stopping and twisting motions involved in the sports. Athletes of these sports are often running at full speed and make abrupt stops and twist which tears muscles and cushioning cartilage.
Whether it’s training or during a proper game, falls are unavoidable especially with high impact sports. When this happens, it’s usually the wrist which gets injured because people tend to use their hands to break their fall.
4. Improper Equipment
Wearing shoes that do not provide enough support, lifting weight that too heavy for you and ill-fitting helmet can all lead to injuries. This is why it’s important that you invest in sports gears that suit your body so that it can help you perform better instead of cause you injury.
5. New Or Increased Activity
Whether you’re trying a new sport or increasing your level of current activity, know that you can’t do that all of a sudden. You have to start gradually and not go from 0 to 10. Otherwise you’ll suffer plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, or cramps.
This is why experts advice against working out every day. Your body needs to rest in between activity to recover from the intense workout and avoid muscle pulls.
7. Poor Warmup
There’s a reason why people are always told to warm up properly prior to exercising. You have to ease into the workout by stretching to deliver blood and oxygen to your muscles. This doesn’t just prevent injuries but it also help you muscles work more efficiently.
Hard impacts are another culprit behind injuries such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Hard surfaces cause a more jarring impact on an athlete's feet, legs, hips and back.
9. Unilateral Movements
When you do an activity that only exerts one side of your body, like golf and tennis, it results to weaker muscles on less active side of your body. This can lead to pain for the active side and dull ache for the not so active side.
10. Technique Or Posture
This is why it’s important to hire an instructor or trainer when starting a sport because they can help check you form and if you’re doing the activity right. If you don’t have the right posture you risk suffering from pain, spasm, and pulls. Not to mention you won’t be getting the most out of the workout because you’re doing it wrong.