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Preventing Sports Injuries

  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.

  • Stress Fractures

    Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse. They often occur in the foot after training for basketball, running, and other sports.

  • Sports-Related Injuries

    What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.

  • Dislocations

    A dislocation occurs when extreme force is put on a ligament, allowing the ends of two connected bones to separate. Ligaments are flexible bands of fibrous tissue that connect various bones and cartilage.

  • Treating a Minor Sports Injury

    Whether it's a twisted ankle, a shin splint or a strained muscle, when should you see a doctor for a sports injury?

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

    Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces. It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force of hitting the ground.

  • Knees Are Casualties of Women's Sports

    Active women are at least twice as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as men, but it's not just athletes who are at risk.

  • Runner’s Knee
    Runner's knee means that you have dull pain around the front of the knee (patella). This is where the knee connects with the lower end of the thighbone (femur).
  • Shin Splints
    Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia).
  • How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

    Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.

  • You Can Head Off Stress Fractures

    A stress fracture occurs when you increase the length or intensity of your workout too quickly.

  • Dehydration and Heat Stroke

    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.

  • Trampoline Safety

    Home trampolines are popular and seem like lots of fun, but they’re also dangerous. They cause thousands of injuries every year in the U.S.

  • Heat-Related Illnesses (Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke)

    Children and teens are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses for several reasons. They adjust more slowly to changes in air temperature. They also produce more heat with activity and sweat less.

  • Overuse Injuries

    Detailed information on overuse injuries in children, including jumper's knee, patellar tendonitis, little leaguers' elbow, little leaguers' shoulder, osteochondritis dissecans, Sever's disease, shin splints, Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis

  • Lumbar Strain

    A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

  • Sports Safety for Children

    Because they are still growing, children are more susceptible to sports injuries. Half of those injuries could be prevented with proper safety gear, safer playing environments, and established safety rules.