Sports Injuries

It's no secret that training and competing can take a toll on an athlete’s body. Movements like running, swimming, jumping, tackling, kicking and pivoting, done on a regular basis, can lead to wear and tear on one’s muscles, joints and bones. This holds especially true if proper technique is not adhered to while training. Each of our Sports Rehabilitation Center staff members is highly-qualified to treat a wide range of sports injuries in our patients. However, we feel it just as important for athletes to have their own basic understanding of injury prevention as well as the types of conditions they should be on the lookout for.

Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Whether you are an amateur or a professional athlete, the following tips can help reduce your chance of sustaining a serious sports injury:

  • Get a pre-season physical to check for any health issues prior to training.
  • Increase your flexibility by performing a dynamic warm-up prior to practice and competition followed by static stretching post activity.
  • Consult with a coach or physical therapist about how to incorporate appropriate strength and conditioning training into your practice schedule.
  • Wear protective equipment (i.e. mouth guards, helmets, heart guards, pads, eye wear) as well as gear that is properly fitted.
  • Maintain use of proper technique while training and competing.
  • Stay active during the off-season so that you are prepared to return to your regular training regimen later in the year.
  • Stayed hydrated to avoid fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness and other symptoms.
  • Take periodic breaks during practice and plan to take at least one day off each week to rest and recover.
  • Pause your activity if you feel pain and discuss it with a doctor, physical therapist or athletic trainer.

Common Injuries by Sport

Even if all of the above tips are followed, it is still possible for a lingering sports injury to occur. This is why it is important to have a basic knowledge of what to be on the lookout for. Below is an overview of common injuries grouped by sport. Learn the basics of how these injuries may occur, how they may be prevented and how they can be treated:

In addition to the conditions featured above, there are many other sports injuries that an athlete can sustain. This is why it is important to speak with a physician or physical therapist about any pain you may be experiencing. Communicating the location, duration and intensity of your pain to a healthcare professional will help him or her determine the type of injury you have and how best to treat it.

Tisch Sports Performance Center

Whether you've recovered from an injury and are ready to return to your sport, or looking to avoid athletic injuries in the first place, our Sports Performance Center team is here to support you in your goals. The Performance Center offers a range of services for the prevention of sports-related injuries, as well as personal training, sports-specific analysis, and personal fitness profiles.