TOP 10 SPORT INJURIES- THE NEXT 5
Rib and Thoracic Sprains
Poor flexibility of the arms and shoulders can be a factor in rib and thoracic sprains but often its just bad luck. Twisting sports like hockey and golf cause thoracic sprains.
These often occur during sprinting following inadequate warm-up – they are often also a result of underlying muscle imbalance and sciatic nerve irritation.
Tip: Ensuring you use your muscles correctly and have a good warm-up before strenuous activity will help prevent injury
Anterior Knee Pain/Patello – Femoral Pain
“Runners knee” – most often caused by muscle imbalance and biomechanical issues. An old ankle injury restricting movement will cause compensation mechanisms which may lead to knee pain. Weak butt and hip muscles and poor flexibility in the hip will also be a problem
Tip: Make sure you get any injuries treated to ensure full rehabilitation and remember to do regular stretches.
Calf and Shin Strains
This can be caused by training on uneven surfaces but training in the wrong footwear can also be a problem. Endurance athletes are most at risk. Biomechanical issues, muscle imbalances and overuse can also be a cause.
Tip: Check out your footwear and be mindful of the surfaces you train on. See your physio to ensure correct biomechanical and muscle balance during your training.
Again, can be caused by training surfaces and changes in the amount of training. Footwear is also important.
Tip: Invest in good training shoes and include some balance work in your training (standing on one foot doing heel raises or bending the knee.
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