Sports Injuries Articles

Athletes in all sports risk injury, whether from contact in the sport or from overuse. The most frequent sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments, which connect bones together) and strains (injury to tendons, which connect muscles to bones). These are caused when abnormal stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscles. Other injuries include pulled muscles and, more rarely, broken bones. General guidelines to reduce the risk of injury include taking time off between seasons, taking breaks during practices, wearing the right gear, strengthening your muscles, increasing flexibility, playing safely, stopping when you feel pain and avoiding heat injury. Find out how to remain injury-free with advice and suggestions from the nation's elite coaches and athletes.

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How Strength and Conditioning Coaches Can Identify Heat Illnesses

Roughly one year ago, Maryland football was going through a spring conditioning practice when 19-year-old Jordan McNair collapsed from heat stroke. He...

How Exam Weeks Greatly Increase an Athlete's Risk of Injury

With the school year nearing its conclusion, final exams are a major hurdle for student-athletes. While no one's ever mistaken finals for a pleasan...

Knowing Whether and When to Use—And Not Use—a Knee or Ankle Brace

Every year, many athletes suffer devastating ankle injuries, knee sprains and ACL/MCL tears. And most of these injuries aren't even contact-related....

Their Players Missed 156 Games Due to Injury in One Season. Now They're One of The Healthiest Teams in America

2016 was the wildest year in St. Xavier football history. The all-boys private school located outside Cincinnati has long had a strong program,...

Why Neck Training is a Must For Every Athlete—Not Just Football Players

Every strength coach or trainer feels they have the best and most well-balanced program when it comes to preparing their athletes for the demands of t...

How Bad is My Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are the most common type of injury in sports, especially basketball. Each year, millions of dollars are spent in emergency rooms nationw...

High-Speed Hamstrings: The Fine Line Between Pulling Away and Pulling a Muscle

Hamstring injuries are a sports epidemic. From 2001 to 2014, hamstring injuries increased by an average of 2.4% per year (Ekstrand et al, 2016). A ...

How Soccer Players Can Get Injured Less Often

Injury prevention can be a misleading term. More often than not, soccer coaches and players are under the impression "injury prevention" is a magic...

Injured Athletes: Fight Depression and Stay Competitive With These 3 Tips

Allow me to open with a scene from the 1993 movie The Program. Coach Winters (played by James Caan): Jefferson, are you injured or are you hurt? ...

How to Treat a Pulled Neck Muscle

A strain is a pulled muscle and although they hurt anywhere in the body, the neck is among the worst places to deal with one. A pulled neck muscle can...

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