Sports Injury Prevention

Articles related to or about prevening sports injuries.

  • Cricket Injuries

    Cricket Injuries

    Cricket injuries are either acute injuries which occur suddenly such as a torn muscle, or an impact from the ball. Or they can be chronic injuries which occur gradually through overuse.

  • Cycling Injuries

    Cycling Injuries

    Cycling injuries are either overuse injuries which develop gradually over time because of repeated movement patterns or pressures, or acute, traumatic injuries due to a fall! These are extremely variable and so not really covered here.

  • Field Hockey Injuries

    Field Hockey Injuries

    Field hockey injuries are similar to other field sports such as soccer due to the sudden bursts of speed and changes of direction.

  • Football Injuries - Soccer Injuries

    Football (Soccer) Injuries

    Soccer injuries occur predominantly in the legs, although occasionally injuries to the upper body do occur, often through falls or impacts. Soccer injuries may be either acute - where there is one incident that clearly causes the injury or chronic - where an injury develops gradually.

  • Ice Hockey Injuries

    Ice Hockey Injuries

    Ice hockey is a dangerous sport due to the high speeds, slippery surface, sharp blades and a solid puck traveling at up to 100 miles at hour! However, players do wear extensive protective gear, including helmets.

  • Netball Injuries

    Netball Injuries

    Netball injuries can be a mix of both upper and lower limb injuries, as well as acute, impact injuries and gradual, overuse injuries.

  • Rugby Injuries

    Rugby Injuries

    Rugby is well known for a high injury rate and this is mostly due to the physicality and contact nature of the sport, coupled with a lack or protective equipment! In most cases, the only protection a rugby player wears is shin pads and a gum shield, although shoulder padding and padded scrum caps are also available and permitted.

  • Running Injuries

    Running Injuries

    Running injuries are usually overuse injuries of the foot, lower leg, knee and hip. View the most common injuries here:

  • Skiing injuries

    Skiing injuries

    Although skiing has a reputation as a dangerous sport, research has shown that general skiing injury rates have reduced by 50% over the last fifteen years. Even so, it is almost as common for a skier to talk about their most recent injury as it is a road runner!

  • Tennis Injuries

    Tennis Injuries

    Here we look at some of the most common injuries in the game of Tennis, as well as what you can do to try to prevent tennis injuries. Tennis injuries are often in the upper body, especially due to the forces required to hit the ball over and over again, especially on shots like serves and smashes! Rotator cuff injuries are common, as are wrist and elbow injuries.

  • Warm Up & Cool Down - Why?

    Warm Up & Cool Down

    It is important to warm up prior to exercise and cool down after. The main two reasons for this are to improve performance and to decrease the risk of injury. A good warm up will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing a sports bra can lead to irreversible damage to the breasts. Research from Shock Absorber and the University of Portsmouth has demonstrated that wearing a sports bra reduces breast movement (bouncing) by a massive 74%!

  • Yoga for Athletes: Warrior One Pose

    Warrior One Pose

    The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. However for those who have never practiced yoga before, highly effectively poses that are particularly beneficial to the needs of athletes are easily accessible, and can make an effective additional to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol.

  • How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail

    Avoid Ingrown Toenail

    Ingrown toenail or onychocryptosis is when the toenail grows into the nail fold. These can be extremely painful and can develop redness and an infection. It can stop people playing sport and can mean a visit to the podiatrist. To prevent the problem there are several measures that can be taken:

  • How important is sleep?

    Sleep and sports training

    Sleep is important for humans to be able to perform but more importantly for overall health and wellbeing. Sleep in children or adolescence helps in their development and growth. It helps in the ability of our brain to function and affects many different systems within our body from our emotional state is to what our physical state is. The amount of sleep we require depends on what stage of life we are at with a newborn requiring approximately 16 hours a day and a adult requiring 7 hours a day.

  • Could you spot Concussion?

    Could you spot Concussion

    Have I or someone else got Concussion? – How to tell pitch side if you or someone else needs to stop playing. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and should not be ignored. It happens in many sports and can be from a contact or non-contact injury and is typically from rotational or linear forces transmitted to the brain.

  • Am I at risk of an Achilles Rupture?

    Achilles tendon rupture risk

    A complete tear or rupture to the Achilles tendon at the back of the lower leg is a rare but serious injury requiring urgent surgery followed by months of careful rehabilitation. Many athletes have recovered from such a serious injury and gone on to do amazing things but prevention is always the best cure.

  • 5 Injuries More Likely In Women

    5 Injuries Women

    There are some obvious differences between men and women but some are not quite as obvious and can lead to an increased risk of injury. Here are our top five sports injuries more likely to affect women than men and why as well as what you can do to prevent them.

  • 5 Top Tips to Avoid Getting the Flu

    Avoiding the Flu

    People often ask, what’s the difference between the common cold and the flu? How can I avoid getting ill before and important competition or exam like everyone around me? Is it as simple as not going outside in the cold with wet hair? Here we give our top tips for avoiding the flu.