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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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...

4 Simple Ways to Build Stronger, More Resilient Hamstrings

Hamstring muscle injuries are extremely common among athletes. They cause significant loss of training and competition time and have a high probabi...

This 5 Drill Warm-Up Will Help Athletes Conquer Knee Valgus

Knee Valgus. Two words no coach or athlete wants to hear, see or experience with regularity. Unfortunately, those two dreadful words are insanely c...

Heat Injuries Can Be Deadly. Here's How to Recognize, Treat and Prevent Them

Heat injuries are a serious issue, particularly for athletes. Let's look at some key facts: "There's no excuse for any number of heat stroke d...

Everything You Need to Know About Ankle Sprains

The ankle sprain. It's an incredibly common injury among athletes. But what actually happens when you sprain your ankle? And what causes them to...

These Exercises Can Help Protect Female Soccer Players Against ACL Injuries

ACL injuries are incredibly common among female soccer players. Many of the sport's biggest stars, such as Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, have suff...

Soccer Has a Concussion Problem, and FIFA Can't Solve It

On June 15, in the first round of the 2018 World Cup, Morocco's Nordin Amrabat sustained a concussion. His dazed appearance was obvious to anyone w...

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