An injury to an ankle, knee, or back can prevent an athlete at any level from playing at their optimal level of performance. Though most of us are not professional athletes, we all rely on our muscles, bones, and other tissues to help us stay active and healthy. As you and your loved ones participate in athletics this summer, make sure that you are aware of the following common sports injuries.
1. Sprained ankle: An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments holding the ankle joint become stretched beyond their normal range. These injuries are very common and typically occur when stepping on uneven surfaces or participating in sports that involve pivoting, twisting, or turning rapidly.
2. Torn ACL: The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the four major ligaments that hold and stabilize the knee joint. Due to the increased demand for high-speed movement in sports such as basketball and soccer, it is these athletes that are more likely to damage or tear the ACL.
3. Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon is a large, elastic tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. When consistently overused, this tendon can become inflamed and injured, leading to Achilles tendinitis.
4. Rotator cuff strain: The rotator cuff is composed of the muscles, tendons, and other connective tissues that connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade. Tennis and racquetball players, who consistently perform overhead arm motions, can injure the rotator cuff and potentially tear the tendons of the joint.
5. Tennis elbow: Another common tennis injury, tennis elbow occurs when inflammation or injury occurs in the tendons of the elbow joint. The tennis backhand motion is the most common cause of the symptoms of tennis elbow.
Even when you take care of your body and do your best to prevent injury, accidents can happen. If you are ever in need of medical care for a sports-related injury, seek treatment at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. As a part of Tulane Medical Center, the Institute of Sports Medicine strives to get the athletes of New Orleans back to their active lives as soon as possible. Call our staff today at (504) 302-0664 for more information about our comprehensive healthcare services.