Common Injuries from Fall Sports

Common Injuries from Fall Sports

Playing fall sports and being on a team was one of the highlights of my high school career. I remember feeling dedicated to each sport I played. I gave my time, devotion, and body to each game, meet and match. While playing sports was an amazing feeling for me, it wasn’t always amazing for my body. I was so caught up in the excitement of each game and the stress of each practice to understand the care my body needed from me. It doesn’t matter which sport or which season you play, there are always physical risks. 

Cross Country

Cross country runners use the natural outdoors as their stadium. While there are approved courses to run during meets, runners can practice running just about anywhere. Teams run on a variety of terrain and trails during both practices and meets. Because of the irregular paths they run on, athletes may encounter areas that can cause injuries such as pulling a tendon or twisting an ankle as they swerve to dodge an obstacle. 

However, one of the most common cross country injuries is plantar fasciitis. This injury is not due to the surfaces the athletes run on but is simply caused by overusing the feet and not properly taking care of them. Plantar fasciitis affects the arch and heel of the foot making it feel sore and stiff. Plantar fasciitis can be soothed by wearing proper shoes or using inserts to give your feet more support. If the pain still lingers, it may be necessary to visit a doctor’s office that specializes in feet and ankle injuries.


Football, because it is a contact sport, has many risks and injuries associated with it. It is typical for people to consider the worst injuries first, before the more common ones. For example, you’ll hear people talking about ACL/PCL tears, numerous concussions, and fractures before they mention sprains. 

Sprains, especially ankle sprains, are common in football because all players are constantly cutting across the grass to change positions or to chase down whoever has the ball. These motions and the conditions of the field can result in falls where an athlete’s ankle twists just enough to tear important ligaments. 


In terms of injuries, soccer is very similar to football. Soccer players are at risk of sprains, strains, concussions, and fractures. They are also likely to develop shin splints, patellar tendinitis, and Achilles tendinitis. These common injuries are caused by overuse and can be prevented by wearing proper shoes and stretching. 


In golf, each movement is repetitive. You hunch forward over your club, you swing with your arms all the way from your wrist, to your elbow, up to your shoulder, and twist with your hips and knees. While these movements are simple, over time they can cause pain in your back, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees. 


Those who play Volleyball, similar to golfers, commonly experience back and shoulder injuries. These athletes repeatedly bend at the knees and back to prepare for the ball to come to their side of the net which quickly leads to pain and even more serious injuries like a herniated disk. Problems in the shoulder are a result of consistently moving their arms up to spike or set the ball. Sprains are also a common injury in volleyball, whether it’s from a sudden turn to dig at the ball or a jump that didn’t quite land right.

Preventing Injuries

Many injuries can be prevented by taking preparatory measures, whether that’s wearing a brace, proper shoes with arch support, stretching, or reevaluating your techniques of throwing, swinging, and hitting. Sports are exciting and can help you stay healthy and active, but be sure to listen to your body when it is injured and rest when you need to

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