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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries 
By: Chris Wieberg, 12 

There are all different kinds of sports in the world but one major thing they have in common is injuries. The top ten most common sports injuries listed by Fox are:

10. Achilles tendinitis - Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles can help prevent injury to the Achilles tendon.

9. Concussions - The best way you can avoid a concussion if you don’t play contact sports.

8. Groin strains - The best way to prevent a strain to your groin is to stretch.

7. Shin splints - Wearing good shoes, cross training, stretching, and not increasing workout intensity too quickly are the best preventive measures.

6. Lower back pain - This can be hard to avoid because sometime people just have back pain and they can’t do anything about it. One way to prevent it from happening is to stretch it well before your game.

5. Pulled muscles - The best way to prevent pulling a muscle is to stretch properly before and after exercising, and avoid working out when you are fatigued and weak.

4. Tennis or golf elbow - A way to avoid this is forearm-strengthening exercises, such as wrist curls, reverse wrist curls and squeezing a soft rubber ball. Also, improving your swing technique and wearing an elbow brace can be very helpful.

3. Sprained ankle - The best way to avoid it is taping your ankle.

2. Shoulder injury - the best way to avoid it would be to strengthen your arm before a season.

And last but not least, coming in at number one…

1. Runner’s knee - Replace shoes and insoles regularly; choose a softer running surface such as an indoor track rather than hard pavement; strengthen your quadriceps through weight training; take more rest days between workouts.

One of the major concerns in sports now days, especially in football and hockey, are concussions. Especially in the NFL and NHL, one thing that they are doing to help prevent concussions is using better helmets and enforcing stricter rules on blows to the head. Ben Liebenberg of says that the NFL has been cracking down on concussions, with the league being stricter on player sanctions after Roger Goodell took over as league commissioner. The new policy expands the symptoms experienced by players suffering from concussions. In 2007, the league prevented players who were knocked unconscious by a concussion from returning to a game or practice, a policy.

It is impossible to prevent injuries in sports but stretching, good warm up techniques, and making sure your body is ready for the challenge you’re facing can help prevent many of the small injuries.