What are some of the more common sports injuries?
- sprained ankle
- groin, hamstring, calf strain
- soft tissue injuries of the knee
- stress fractures especially in the lower limb due to repetitive loading
What sports have the higher rates of injuries?
No sport is injury free. However certain sports have a higher risk of injury due to the nature of play or the rules concerning physical contact. The 3 most common sports that lead to injury at a recreational or amateur level include:
- netball (due to the stop-start style of play)
- Aussie rules football (due to the physical contact between players)
- gymnastics (due to the high impact and stress on the body)<br/>
How do I minimise the risk of becoming injured when I play sport?
- warm up throughly using gentle sport-specific movements
- stretching before and after a game
- wear appropriate footwear and have your feet assessed by a Podiatrist
- ask you Physiotherapist to tape up vulnerable joints
- keep your fluid levels up before, during and after each game
- keep your fitness up in the “off-season” to maintain muscle and tendon health
- use good technique and form
- allow adequate rest and recovery between training/games
- have regular medical checkups
- have your Physiotherapist or Exercise Therapist devise an appropriate exercise program