Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Playing sports brings obvious benefits like keeping in shape, staving off chronic diseases, and having a regular commitment to ensure you show up. In addition, it can help provide positive social interactions and encourage a sense of belonging. Unfortunately, it can also come with the potential for injury. The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent getting hurt.

Here at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center in Prescott, Arizona, Drs. Todd Cox and Blake Peterson along with our top-notch team provide a one-stop shop for all your foot and ankle care needs. Whether the issue is a sports injury or another concern, we couple state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols with our friendly providers and convenient care for the best possible patient experience.

Common sports injuries

Over 8.5 million Americans suffer sports or recreation-related injuries each year. Many affect the legs and feet and can include everything from strains, sprains, and swollen muscles to dislocations, ankle fractures, Achilles tendon ruptures, and more.

Ways to prevent injuries

No one wants to be sidelined. That’s why it's important to do as much as you can to avoid getting injured. These tips can help.

Get in shape physically and mentally

It can be a mistake to walk into a new sport without preparation. Be sure you are properly conditioned and in good shape first. Also, be certain you know the proper form and technique as well as any rules of play.

Warm up and cool down

Cold muscles can lead to strains and tears so be sure to warm up by either starting the sport at a lower level of exertion or following a specially-designed regimen. Quick movements should be avoided until you are completely warmed up. Cooling down at the conclusion of the activity is also important.

Use the right gear

Depending on the activity, make sure you have the proper protective equipment to be safe. Also, be certain everything is the right size and fit.

Listen to your body

Make sure you get the proper amount of rest and take recovery days. Fatigue can increase the risk of accidents and overuse injuries. Similarly, stop if you feel pain.

Diagnosis and treatment

If you do experience a sports injury, it's important to get a proper diagnosis to prevent additional damage that could delay your recovery. This typically includes an exam and assessment of your gait, range of motion, and posture. When indicated, imaging like an X-ray, CT scan, or an MRI may be recommended. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of the injury.

If you or a loved one have suffered a sports injury, call our office at 928-445-4898 or click here to book an appointment today. The sooner you have a treatment plan in place, the faster you will be able to heal and return to your active lifestyle.

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Sports Injuries

Don’t ignore a sports injury. Our team of podiatrists can help. While ankle sprains are the most common sports injuries that our Prescott, AZ, podiatrists Dr. Todd Cox and Dr. Blake Peterson treat, we are also able to handle all foot and ankle injuries.