Sports Injury Prevention

Articles related to or about preventing sports injuries.

  • Athletics Injuries

    Athletics Injuries

    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.

  • Badminton Injuries

    Badminton Injuries

    Badminton injuries are usually overuse injuries which develop from repeated overhead movements. Injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knees, and ankle are common.

  • Baseball Injuries

    Baseball Injuries

    Baseball injuries tend to usually occur in the shoulder and elbow, due to the high forces involved. This is especially true in pitchers, but other positions, as well as batters, may also suffer from this kind of injury.

  • Basketball Injuries

    Basketball Injuries

    Basketball injuries are some of the most varied sports injuries! They commonly range from the fingertip to the toe and everything in between!

  • 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 an 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 of 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.

  • Running Shoes: How to Invest in the Perfect Pair

    Running Shoes

    As every runner knows, the correct shoe is fundamental to any training regime and subsequent competitive performance. For runners - both seasoned and new - selecting a new set of high-performing running shoes is a significant investment and should be fully informed in order to make the correct choice for your personal needs.

  • 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. Good warm-up exercises will increase the temperature of muscles which work better at a temperature of 40 degrees. Cooling down after exercise is important to help muscles recover and avoid injury.

  • Does your sports bra fit?

    sports bra

    A good, comfortable sports bra is a vital piece of a ladies sports kit. Not wearing one 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%! So how should a sports bra fit and how do you find the perfect one?

  • 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 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. This Warrior pose benefits the upper and lower body and is simple to perform.

  • What are the Benefits of Barefoot Running?

    Barefoot Running

    Across the running community, people are beginning to ditch their expensive, high-tech running shoes in favor of taking to the streets to run barefoot (or the closest alternative). But why is barefoot running becoming so popular and what do people hope to gain from doing it?

  • 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: