Sports Injury Prevention

Articles related to or about preventing sports injuries.

  • Here is a simple test we have adapted for use at home, which may be helpful for predicting your risk of a pulled hamstring. It can show if there are any problems in the area, so if there is you can look at how to prevent hamstring injuries.

  • As every athlete knows, avoiding injury is as important to long-term athletic success as training and performance. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and a frustrating interruption to training regimes and athletic performance.

  • 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 effective poses that are particularly beneficial to the needs of athletes are easily accessible, and can make an effective addition to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol.

  • Recovering from injury can be a frustrating process, particularly for those who are used to an active lifestyle. These sports stars went beyond the realms of recovery to achieve high and win big. So if you're currently feeling frustrated by injury, use these stories for inspiration and a reminder that from recovery can come victory. Here are six athletes who defied the odds of injury to achieve astonishing acts of sporting success.

  • The remedial effects of saunas have made them a common feature in many gyms and sporting facilities. A mainstay of Scandinavian well-being culture, the health benefits of sauna are extensive and accessible. In this article we take a detailed look at the specific benefits of using a sauna after exercise.

  • In an ideal world, an expert sports or deep tissue massage would always follow an intensive workout. However for the average amateur sportsman or woman, unfortunately a personal masseuse isn't a viable reality. This article can show you how to use a foam roller and which is the best foam roller for your needs.

  • Replenishing electrolytes after strenuous exercise is crucial, and magnesium has a particular role in muscular health and recovery. Researchers studying marathon runners found magnesium to be the most highly depleted electrolyte in athletes, followed by potassium. We look at the health benefits of magnesium for sore muscles and how to make sure you are getting enough of it in your diet and from any supplements.

  • In spite of being a highly skilled sport, cheerleading may be dismissed by some as a trivial activity. This misconception is simply dispelled by statistics that cheerleading injuries account for 66% of all catastrophic injuries in female US athletes.

  • Practiced for centuries by Thai monks, and forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai massage is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. Originally developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the physician to Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha - more than 2,500 years ago in India. The technique made its way to Thailand, where the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles from traditional Chinese medicine. Read more about how having a Thai massage benefits you and your health.

  • Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is a blanket term used to describe an individual with several joints that are more flexible than is usual amongst the general population. Hypermobile individuals, who make up 3% of the population, have a heightened flexibility than that of the general population. 

  • The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. For athletes who have never practiced yoga before, certain simple yet highly effective poses can make an effective additional to a post-training muscle recovery protocol.

  • The benefits of collagen peptides in promoting joint health have been widely reported by many clinical research studies. By boosting overall joint health, long term collagen supplementation is believed to be an effective option to help protect joint health and aid recovery from joint pain and inflammation. In this article we explain the what, how and why of using collagen for joints and their health. 


  • The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture. For athletes who have never practiced yoga before, certain simple yet highly effective poses can make an effective addition to a post-training muscle recovery protocol. There are specific positions of yoga for neck and shoulders that help relieve pain and ease tension in the area.

  • Back pain in children can stem from fairly innocuous, non-specific causes - such as growing pains, an insufficient backpack, poor posture, or even playing video games for prolonged periods. However outside of these causes, and any other easily determinable cause such as a minor sporting injury, back pain in kids can indicate underlying issues that require medical attention.

  • The reduction of hormone levels with age has many effects on women's health and wellbeing. When going through the menopause, exercise has been found to be an effective tool in combatting many of the challenges these changes pose. Menopausal changes include mood fluctuations, a slower metabolism, and guarding against the risk of certain injuries and conditions that increase with age.

  • When training for an event, personal goals or just plain habit, having your plans disrupted by weather can be highly frustrating. However it doesn't necessarily mean an unexpected rest day (or a reason to derail your plans). Here are 5 simple tips to keep your training plans on track, whilst also avoiding the risk of injury posed by adverse weather conditions.

  • Dance injury rates are significantly statistically higher than that of other sports. A study by Wolverhampton University found that professional dancers are more likely to suffer injuries than rugby players.

  • Traction of the hip is often used as part of therapy used by a number of different therapists so I was keen to see if regular use at home made a difference. As a 45-year-old long-term hip pain sufferer, I was recently asked by former sprinter Mark Dunwell to try the HipTrac leg traction device.

  • Medial tibial stress syndrome, more widely known as shin splints, is the most common cause of shin pain. Although shin pain is often caused and exacerbated by too much running and jumping, there are a number of ways to reduce the risk of it occurring. Here are our top 10 tips for preventing shin splints!

  • Athletes suffer from some of the most common sports injuries. They can either be overuse injuries such as shin splints or compartment syndromes or can occur suddenly for example muscles strains. Most track and field injuries are 'internal' injuries meaning they occur within the body itself rather than from external contact with another athlete or player as in many contact sports. Here we explain some of the more common athletic injuries.