Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Let’s start with the good news.
Sports medicine is a growing field that’s helped athletes at all levels perform at their very best. The field has increased in recognition and prominence since the American College of Sports Medicine was founded in 1954.
Now, for the bad news: sports medicine is necessary because athletes, weekend warriors, and “regular” people who don’t even identify as athletic continue to sustain injuries while participating in sports and exercise.
A never-ending cycle? Probably. While it’s unlikely that sports injuries are going to completely disappear anytime soon, you can certainly reduce your personal risk of injury by paying attention to your body, including the signs of injury or fatigue (which increases the risk of injury) that it may exhibit.
Find Your Sport Below
An infographic from Johns Hopkins shares some of the most common injuries by sport. I’ve provided links to some Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics resources that are pertinent to these sports:
- Basketball: Ankle sprains and knee injuries. (More about basketball injuries.)
- Gymnastics: Achilles tendinitis, ACL sprains, shoulder injuries, wrist sprains.
- Football: Ankle sprains, concussions, knee injuries, shoulder injuries.
- Baseball and Softball: Pitcher’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hamstring strain. (Learn how to throw a safer fastball.)
- Lacrosse: Ankle sprains; knee sprains; muscle strains in hamstrings, groin and quadriceps; shin splints.
- Running: Ankle sprains, runner’s knee, shin splints.
- Soccer: Achilles tendinitis, knee sprains, concussions, muscle strains in hamstrings and groin.
- Swimming: Rotator cuff injuries, biceps tendinitis, knee sprain or strain.
- Volleyball: Ankle sprains; finger fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains; patellar tendinitis; rotator cuff tendinitis.
- Tennis: Rotator cuff injuries, elbow tendinitis, calf strains. (Learn about tennis elbow.)
How YOU Can Prevent Sports Injuries
There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of sports injuries, including:
- Get a preseason physical.
- Warm up before practice or a game.
- Use the appropriate protective gear and equipment for your sport.
- Use safe, well-maintained fields/tracks/pools.
- Practice the right technique. If you aren’t sure, talk to someone who knows or film yourself.
- Increase your speed/strength/distance slowly.
- If you think you might be injured, see a sports medicine doctor near you for an evaluation. Do not attempt to “play through the pain.”
Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
For more information, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.