Common Sports Injuries that Amateur Athletes Suffer
People who are into sports, especially the more vigorous ones such as basketball, football and mixed martial arts, know that they are just one injury away from not being able to play at all. Every sport has its risks. But amateur athletes still play sports, oftentimes even without compensation and sometimes without proper preparation. The result is a higher risk of injury and a much higher risk of the injury being permanent.
So what are common sports injuries that amateur athletes suffer? Well, it usually depends on the sport and the training that one undergoes for his sport. Training for contact sports, such as football and rugby, often involve team skirmishes and friendly games with other teams. These skirmishes can lead to injuries, the most common of which are bruises and sprains. These injuries themselves pose no harm to the athlete, but they are very painful and can sometimes sideline the athlete for a time. Athletes also suffer concussions in practice and skirmishes. Concussions are more serious injuries. Athletes who suffered concussions, or is believed to have a concussion, should go see a sports medicine specialist, preferably a physician.
Basketball, volleyball, table tennis and other sports with less player contact are much safer than full-contact sports. But they also have their own set of injuries that players could experience. Since these sports rely on speed rather than weight and power, the injuries that athletes suffer from playing them are speed-related. Some of the most common injuries in these sports are cramps and sprains. But athletes playing these kinds of sports can also tear their ACLs and MCLs or break the bones in their joints, particularly the knees and ankles. The larger athletes, especially those who play basketball, are even more at risk from these injuries. Tearing ligaments and having fractured and broken bones require the attention of a physician because these injuries threaten the athlete’s health and life.
Combat sports are the most dangerous sports in the world. Boxing, muay thai and MMA are the most popular combat sports in television and the most dangerous. Even in amateur circles, the possibility of injuring oneself is feared. Most of the injuries that amateur fighters suffer are bruises and cuts on the face and head and sometimes more serious injuries such as concussions from being repeatedly hit in the head. These injuries are all the more dangerous because they are often in the head, in the ribs and other vulnerable spots in the body. Fighters must see a physician who specializes in fight sports injuries. They and only they can find out what’s happening to a fighter’s body and prevent it from affecting the fighter’s health.