Last week we spoke about the most common injuries experienced in performance sports and arts. This week, we are expanding that scope and exploring the most common sports injuries experienced by athletes across a wide range of sports. Read on to learn all about those injuries and potential ways to manage them.

Disclaimer

The suggested treatments listed below are simply best practices or potential options your doctor may prescribe you. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, see a medical professional for an official diagnosis and treatment plan.

Groin Pull

There are a variety of sports that increase the possibility of a groin pull. The most common sports that lead to groin injuries include soccer, football, baseball, and hockey. Groin pulls are characterized by muscle pain in the inner thighs or groin area. Usually, this sensation makes it difficult or painful to walk.

Physicians generally suggest rest above all else for groin injuries. Just like any other muscle injury, aggravating a groin pull leads to a worse muscle pull or even a tear. In addition to rest, use ice, compression, and anti-inflammatory medicine to keep the pull in check. If you experience noticeable swelling, seek out a sports medicine professional.

ACL Tear

An athlete tearing their ACL is potentially one of the most debilitating injuries they an experience. It is usually a very scary and painful experience. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament; it is the ligament that bridges the knee and the leg bones. The ligament can be strained, pulled, partially torn, or completely torn. A tear is often characterized by a loud popping sound from the knee accompanied by a healthy dose of knee pain.

ACL injuries are most common in contact and impact sports, such as football. If an athlete tears their ACL, they will need surgery and physical therapy in order to regain mobility. Unfortunately, the healing process is a long one, but it is not impossible to come back from.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow obviously impacts tennis players, but it also plagues golfers, football players (quarterbacks in particular), baseball players, and basketball players. The official medical name for tennis elbow is epicondylitis. Essentially, tennis elbow occurs because repeated aggressive motions lead to micro-tears or irritation in the ligaments in the elbow.

The chances of experiencing tennis elbow increase as your age increases, with most cases originating in middle-aged adults ages 30 through 60. The only real cure for tennis elbow is rest, so don’t be afraid to take time off.

Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel. If athletes do not stretch properly or wear the right shoes, the tendon accrues damage quickly. Running of any type has the potentially to damage the tendon, but running with sudden cutting motions or stops is particularly dangerous. These sorts of injuries range in severity and need to be diagnosed by a medical professional before a course of treatment can be decided.