What Are Sports Injuries?

Injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising are called sports injuries.

What are the main types of sports injuries?

Sports injuries can be broadly classified as

1) injuries due to sports accidents and

2) overuse injuries

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sprains and strains in the knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, elbow or hip

  • Muscle cramps
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Fractures and
  • Dislocations

I learnt that contact sports are prone for injuries. Can non-contact sports lead to injuries too?

While sports related accidents are more common with contact sports, sports injuries also happen in non-contact sports. The mechanisms include twisting the knee or ankle, sudden acceleration or deceleration, sharp turn, etc.

Injuries also happen from overuse especially when using improper techniques eg. shoulder injuries with volleyball and bowling, knee problems in athletes and football players, tennis elbow in tennis players, etc.