1. Health

Sport Injury Prevention and Treatment Tips


Sports injuries are not uncommon and can be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears, etc.) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse, etc.) Learn how to recognize and treat the most common sports injuries so they heal properly. Some can be treated at home, and some require a trip to the doctor. It's important to understand your options.
  1. Common Sports Injuries
  2. Injuries by Sport
  3. Overtraining Issues
  4. Treatment and Coping
  5. Special Topics - Other Issues Faced by Athletes

Common Sports Injuries

Common Sports Injuries and Treatment

Almost anyone who exercises on a regular basis will develop an ache, pain or sports injury at some time or another. The number and type of sports injuries are as varied as the individuals who play sports, but some injuries are more likely than others.

Injuries by Sport

Athletes often get used to feeling little aches and pains on occasion, but some minor discomfort may actually be a more serious injury. Here are some of the most common sports injuries, broken down by sport, along with treatment and prevention types.

Overtraining Issues

Sports conditioning requires a balance between overload and recovery. Too much of one or the other may result in both physical and psychological symptoms of overtraining syndrome. Recognizing signs of overtraining can help you change your routine to prevent problems from progressing, or even starting in the first place.

Treatment and Coping

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

If you have a sports injury, the first thing to do is to prevent further injury or damage. This means you should stop activity and try to discover the cause of the injury. Once you determine what is wrong, you can start immediate treatment.

Special Topics - Other Issues Faced by Athletes

Some conditions effect athletes more than other people, but aren't exactly sports injuries. These conditions, symptoms and other issues can often be prevented or treated if you know what signs to watch for. Here are some of the mores common issues athletes face.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.