Common Sports Injuries
Playing sports is generally good for you and your body, but there are instances where it can cause injury because of accidents, inadequate training practices, and improper safety gears. Some injuries are temporary, but there are some that can permanently impair you.
According to the Toronto personal injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC, sports injuries can be subject to disability insurance claims. But really, you wouldn’t trade your health for money, so preventing injuries while you enjoy your favorite sport is still the best course of action.
Sprains and Strains
A sprain happens when a ligament that connects your bones stretch or tear. This often occurs because of trauma taken from direct contacts and falls. The body parts most vulnerable to sprains are ankles, knees, and wrists.
A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is twisted or pulled. This happens because of overstretching and overcontraction that can be associated with physical activites such as sports. The back and hamstring are the most vulnerable body parts to strains.
The knee is a complicated joint. It is made of bone, cartilage, fluid, and ligaments. All of these parts are important, and if one of them sustains some kind of damage, the effectiveness of your knee suffers and you experience pain.
Knee injuries can be as simple as runner’s knees, or the pain and tenderness near the knee caps. It can also be as complicated as cartilage or ligament damage, like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. An ACL injury is very common on physically demanding sports like basketball and football, because of the sudden change of your body’s direction or incorrect landing from a jump.
Fractures are basically broken bones, caused by a one-time blow or repeated stress on a specific area over time. Acute fractures, which occur because of one-time impact incidents, are most commonly viewed as emergencies that require immediate attention. Stress fractures, which occur because of repeated stress, are very common on sports with repetitive impact, like running and jumping.
A dislocation happens when a force in the bones send them out of alignment. They often occur on sports with high contact, like basketball and football. The most vulnerable body parts to dislocation are fingers, shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips. Like acute fractures, dislocations are seen as emergencies.