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Types of Sports-Related Injuries

Work and sports-related injuries are commonly caused by a direct impact, overuse, or applying a force your body cannot withstand. 


Like any other injury or pain, there are two main types of injuries: acute injury and chronic injury. 


An acute injury is commonly an injury such as a sprained ankle, caused due to awkward landing. Similarly, it is minor and can easily be rectified in the coming days or weeks (depending on its impact).


Chronic injuries are caused by overusing a muscle or joint. Also, poor posture, technique and structural abnormalities are considered a contributing factor in chronic injuries. Due to which you must get a thorough medical investigation on every injury. You never know the kind of impact a small injury has had on your internal working system. For instance, what you feel is an ankle sprain might be a fracture. 


Different Type of Sports Injuries

Every sports injury comes with a different set of complications and symptoms. Some of the most common types of sports injuries are listed below:


  • Sprains: One of the most common types of sports injury is a sprain. It is commonly caused by overstretching and tearing your ligaments in the process. Your ligaments are pieces of tissue that connect your bone to the second joint.


  • Strains: When overstretching or tearing muscles or tendons, you can easily cause a sprain. Your tendons are thick and are the basic connection between the bone and muscle. There is a common misconception that leads you to believe that you have a sprain instead of a strain.


  • Knee Injury: Any impact of injury that interferes with your knee joint movement is considered a sports injury. The knee injury could have been caused by overstretching yourself, causing a tear in your tissue or muscle in the knee.


  • Swollen Muscles: Swelling is the common sign of injury, and can easily cause distress for weeks to come.


  • Achilles Tendon Rupture: A thin, yet sturdy tendon located on the back of your ankle and when taking on excessive activities, the tendon could break or rupture. Once it ruptures, you will feel severe and sudden pain, and even find it difficult to walk.


  • Fractures: Its intensity defines a fracture. There are times when a slight hairline fracture or an injury can cause your bone to shatter. Depending on the fracture, you might recover in 3 months to a year.


  • Dislocation: Dislocating a bone is not something you haven't heard of, as it can commonly happen when playing contact sports. When a bone is forced outside its socket, it's considered to be dislocated. Once the doctor pops the bone back in place, there is a good chance you will develop welling, weakness, and feel pain in the weeks to come.


  • Rotator Cuff Injury: Four muscles must work together to ensure your cuff can rotate without question. These cuffs are an essential aspect of your day-to-day working routine, allowing you to stay on track in the long run. Furthermore, it helps ensure your shoulder moves in all directions, while a tear in a single muscle can cause your rotator cuff to weaken.


The only way to prevent sports-related injuries is by wearing proper gear and regular training. Once you start to play a little safe and keep your boundaries in check, you will automatically find yourself at the short end of injuries. 


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk


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