Did you know women are between 2 and 10 times more likely to injure their ACL? Wearing a DonJoy knee brace like the Playmaker II with a FourcePoint hinge reduces your chance of on an ACL injury. This knee brace has been proven to decrease your chance of injuring your ACL from a non-contact injury by 60%! And wearing this brace helps train you to utilize the right degree of flexion (how much you bend your knee) so you’re less likely to injure your ACL even if you’re not wearing this brace.
Soccer (or football) is arguably the most popular sport in the world. With the largest worldwide soccer tournament less than a week away, we’re taking a look at the most common soccer-related injuries and how to prevent them.
Hands-down the most common injury from soccer is a sprained ankle. Between running with the ball, maneuvering around opposing players or even being kicked by them, this is not a surprise. And while a sprained ankle might sideline you, it’s important to give it enough time to heal before getting back on the field.
Knee injuries are also common in soccer and often more severe. One of the most dreaded knee injuries soccer players can experience is a tear in their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) near the knee. According to FIFA, seventy per cent of all ACL injuries happen without contact with another player. An injury like a torn ACL could require surgery to repair.
Moving up from the knee, hamstring (the muscle group in the back of your thigh) injuries are fairly typical, especially for players in positions that require sprinting or sudden acceleration like forward and midfield. Injuries can range for a more mild pull to a more serious tear.
So how do you prevent injuries on the soccer field? Proper warm ups are crucial. Making sure your muscles are stretched out and limber is key to preventing pulls and tears. FIFA has created a soccer warm up program designed specifically to help reduce the risk of injury on the field.
Staying active in the off-season and gradually working up to peak performance is another way to avoid injury. Injuries are much more likely for players who have not trained or played for a period of time. If you’ve been out of the game for a while, ease back into it. Work on your conditioning and strength training as you gradually get back into full contact soccer. On that same note, do not overtrain. Many injuries come from overuse, particularly in young players. If you are starting to feel worn down, listen to your body and take some time off. Taking one season off could help you extend your soccer career by many more seasons.
Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.
I have several friends who actively play recreational volleyball. One friend in particular, Clarence, is fairly tall – great for volleyball, not so great for his joints. He has to be careful to not to overdo things when playing.
The lateral movement and repetitive jumping during volleyball sets up the perfect scenario for injuries to occur… especially with taller athletes whose body frames may put more strain on their joints.
Here are three tips to help prevent volleyball injuries:
1. Warmup before games – Make sure that you stretch and take a light jog before games. This gets your muscles and joints ready for action. Some trainers recommend a light stretch, then a light jog, then more stretching.
2. Ensure that you have the proper gear – Check the wear and tear of your shoes and socks. Wear knee pads and elbow pads to protect yourself when diving. (Check out our selection of knee pads and elbow pads for volleyball.)
3. Wear volleyball braces and supports – If you have previous ankle or knee injuries, it’s smart to wear a volleyball brace or support to help protect your joints from re-injury. They may also help prevent injuries from occurring the first time. While volleyball supports won’t guarantee that you won’t get hurt, they do help lower your risk.
Recreational volleyball is enjoyable – I’ve had the pleasure of watching Clarence participate in some intense games. But be sure to stay safe while playing!
Martial arts are practiced all over the world. It’s also a popular sport for children because it teaches discipline and respect. Despite its popularity, not much attention is brought to the fact that martial arts injuries are quite common.
Martial arts is a sport that involves the entire body, so every part of the body is at risk – from the head and neck down to the foot and ankle. Most martial arts injuries occur from overuse because of the repetitive movements and use of the joints. However, more serious injury can occur especially in competitive martial arts training (as opposed to recreational.)
Here are some common martial arts injuries:
HEAD & NECK
- bruising and abrasions
- shoulder pain
- rotator cuff tear
- elbow tendonitis
- tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
- elbow hyperextension
- wrist sprain
- thumb sprains
- bruised ribs
- pulled groin
- pulled hamstring
- iliotibial band syndrome
- patellofemoral pain (also known as runner’s knee)
- knee tendonitis
- knee hyperextension
- ankle sprains
- ankle fractures
As you can see, the list of injuries that may occur when practicing martial arts is very extensive… and what’s listed here are just the most common ones! Check out our braces and supports and speak with your instructor and doctor about additional ways to treat and prevent martial arts injuries.
Did you know that more than 775,000 U.S. children ages 14 and under are taken to the emergency room each year due to sports related injuries? What’s shocking is that more than half of all sports injuries in children are actually preventable!
Prevention starts with pre-season physical examinations. Things like proper hydration and coaching can also contribute to healthier sports activities. Proper equipment such as knee braces and ankle braces can also help prevent injury.
Check out this infographic below for more interesting facts about youth sports injuries and shop our sports braces today!
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