5 Common Spring Sports Injuries

5 Common Spring Sports Injuries

The grass is turning green, the field is being painted and it’s time for spring sports to start. Kids are begging to buy the right shoes that will make them the fastest on the track and sports physicals are being dutifully taken care of. In a few weeks, the sports will be in full swing and then the injuries will start. Since most sports injuries happen during practice it important to teach your kids proper ways to stretch, warm up and cool down. Here are 5 of the most common spring sports injuries to watch out for.

Strains

Strains are caused when the muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. The tendon is an important bit of soft tissue that connects your muscles to your bones so they can bend and move properly. If you’re in a contact sport or are doing a repetitive motion like tennis than you run the risk of straining your muscle or tendon.

Sprains

Most everyone has had or knows someone that has had a sprained ankle. Like strain, sprains are a stretch or tear as well but this time it is in the ligaments. Ligaments connect the bones to each other at the joints. Sprains happen when the body is forced out of its normal position, usually from a fall or twist.

Groin Pulls

If you are doing lots of side to side motions or pushing off with your legs you might find yourself with a groin pull. The groin is the muscle located on your inner thigh and straining it too much can cause you to pull that muscle a little further than it was willing to go. The sports you’ll usually see groin pulls in are hockey, soccer, baseball, and football.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are your shins letting you know you’ve pushed them a little too hard. They often occur when starting a rigorous work out routine or from running on a hard surface. Sometimes a change to better shoes with more support can help get rid of shin splints, but if the pain continues after rest you should have your doctor check your shins for stress fractures.

Knee Injury

There are many different issues that can affect your knee, from pulling a muscle to popping a joint out of place. Sometimes all you need is a bit of rest, ice and possibly a brace to give your knee a little extra support.

WebMD suggests using PRICE to help yourself to heal quickly from your injuries so you can get back into the game sooner.

  • P – protect from further injury This can be done by resting or using a splint, pad, or crutch
  • R – restrict activity Rest so you don’t make the injury worse
  • I – ice Icing will help to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • C – compression A wrap or band can also help to reduce swelling
  • E – Elevate the injured area Make sure to elevate above the heart to help reduce swelling

It isn’t always necessary to rush to the doctor for a common sports injury, but if you see anything out of the ordinary, like the limb completely giving out when you put weight on it or it isn’t getting any better after a few days, then go visit with your doctor. It is better to deal with problems early on than to allow them to worsen, possibly causing permanent damage.

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