Participating in sports as an adult can be a whole lot of fun. Competitive games can help bring people together as a team and serve as a fun way to stay fit after you get out of work or while you are at school.
Unfortunately, playing sports can also lead to injuries, a reality that comes with physical competition.
Different Injuries for Different Sports
What injuries do you have to be on the lookout for? That depends on what sport you’re playing. Each activity requires a specific set of movements that are going to tax your body in different ways. For example, baseball and water polo players struggle with different types of injuries based on what’s required of them in their sport.
However, there are some more common injuries that you can be on the watch for including
- ankle sprains
- hamstrings strains
- shin splints
- severe knee injuries (like an ACL tear)
These all can affect your ability to play sports and your health in general, so you should do what you can to try to prevent them.
Find out more in our post about the three most common sports injuries and how to treat them.
Preparation is Key
Warming up before sports activities will better prepare your body for physical exertion. There are a number of stretching exercises that will warm up your muscles to make sure your body is ready before you hit the field, court, or wherever your preferred sport takes you.
Know When to Stop
Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel a little off, you may be in danger of aggravating an existing injury. Pain is a major red flag, but there are other warning signs, including lightheadedness, severe joint or muscle stiffness, or trouble sitting and climbing stairs.
If you have a sports-related injury that needs assessment, give us a call at 440-250-8660 or contact us online to set up an appointment and help get you back on the playing field.
Dr. Zenos Vangelos, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.