Most Common Sports Injuries & How to Avoid Them

While there are hundreds of sports injuries, some parts of the body are at higher risk of injury than others. In fact, there are 3 categories that account for more than 80% of all sports-related injuries. Manhattan Sports Therapy provides specialized treatment for all kinds of sports injuries. Here are the most common sports injuries and how they can be prevented.

Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common in sports. These include strains, sprains, and dislocations. We have found them to be most common in sports such as swimming, baseball, volleyball and others. The injury occurs as a result of overuse of the shoulder muscles and bones. The symptoms of shoulder injury include weakness, stiffness, slipping, and pain in the shoulder.

Prevention and Treatment

  • People with weakened rotator cuff muscles are at greater risk of shoulder injury. Manhattan sports injury doctors at our office can suggest exercises to strengthen this area in order to prevent potential injuries.
  • Resistance band routines, shoulder shrugs and push-ups are also good for shoulder strengthening.
  • If you have dislocated your shoulder in the past, wearing a brace or shoulder support is recommended.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are common sports injuries and can occur in any type of sport. There are about 25,000 cases of ankle sprains each day in the U.S. The severity of ankle sprains is heightened as the force and speed increases. There are 3 grades of severity in an ankle sprain:

  1. Minimal ligament damage and slight stretching
  2. Loosening of the ankle joint and partial tearing of the ligament
  3. Complete tear of the ligament and an unstable ankle joint

Prevention and Treatment

  • We recommend regular strengthening exercises and ankle stretches to prevent the injury.
  • If you have had a sprained ankle before, consider wearing preventative braces to reduce the risk of re-injury.
  • Make sure you wear proper footwear for the surface and the activity.
  • Balance exercises and training increase your ankle joint, as well as help your body take control of all movements and positions.

To speak with a Manhattan sports doctor at our office, call 646.798.1330.