Sports Injuries: Causes, Types, Treatments, And Prevention

Participating in sports or any other physical activities is a great way to keep your body active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It holds plenty of benefits ranging from controlling your weight to reducing the risk of disease. However, the risk of getting hurt or injured will always be present. But, fret not! There are ways that you can prevent these injuries or reduce the risk of getting them.

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Running Injuries And How To Prevent Them

Every year, 50% of runners experience an injury, with up to 1/3 resulting in knee injuries. Athletes are known for ‘running through the pain’ but what if this is our body’s way of trying to warn us that we need to solve the problem before it escalates?

There are multiple factors that impact an injury – this includes gender, running patterns, previous injuries, and weaknesses. For example, men are more likely to injure their shin, ankle and foot. Women tend to suffer more from hip and knee pain.

The way we run also indicates the structures that are weak and if we are overloading our muscles or tendons. This article will look at how injuries occur and how we can prevent them.

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Prevent Lower Back Pain When Cycling

In general, cycling has very low injury rates (excluding crashes and collisions) compared to other sports. However, when we are hunched over our handlebars for long periods of time, it can place a large cumulative amount of load on our low back and cause pain. In fact, lower back pain (LBP) is reported in more than 50% of cyclists. 

Whether you are a beginner cyclist looking to set yourself up for success, or an experienced cyclist dealing with lower back pain when cycling, here are our top 3 tips to address and prevent pain from occurring.

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You Can’t Go Wrong By Being Strong! Strength Training For Sports Injury Prevention

Whether you’re a gym buff, a marathon runner, a cross-fit enthusiast or a bodybuilder, it’s statistically probable that you have been or will at one point be injured. Although injuries are never completely unavoidable, there are clear evidenced-based ways to reduce the risk.

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Triathlon Injuries

Getting injured whilst participating in triathlon is incredibly common. Around 75% of all triathletes will suffer from injury during their racing career, rising to 91% for Ironman (long distance) triathletes. Overuse is the most common cause of injury – which is good news as that is something we can manage – usually occurring in the lower leg or ankle, knees, low back or shoulders. Occasionally injuries will be due to some kind of trauma, most likely falling off the bike!

Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist

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Getting back to the fitness routine you love after an injury

Often, we are motivated towards a fitness routine we enjoy, be it the daily ritual at the gym or yoga studio, the weekly scuttle around the tennis court, or even a guilt-driven run around the block.

Time and time again, we struggle with sustaining this consistency due to our enslavement to work, personal commitments, or a new/old injury.

It gets frustrating seeing how far we’ve progressed, only to regress on our fitness goals.

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