Sports injuries that damage the soft tissues are quite common. Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, ACL tears, shin splints, ankle pain, groin pulls, and tennis or golf elbow. Pinched nerves which produce muscle dysfunction and other neurological symptoms are a factor in many sports injuries.
How Do Acute Sports Injuries Occur?
Acute sports injuries are likely to occur in athletes who use the incorrect sports technique, are out of condition, or fail to warm up carefully. But a high-impact collision such as a football tackle can also produce sudden joint dislocation, whiplash, or herniated discs.
Why Do Chronic Sports Injuries Develop?
Chronic sports injuries are typically related to the overuse of a particular body part. Repetitive motions such as tennis or golf swings, baseball pitches, running, stooping, or jumping may cause accumulated wear and tear, leading to chronic inflammation and possible premature arthritis in the joints. An undiagnosed spinal misalignment can boost your odds of developing chronic sports injuries.
How Can I Avoid Future Sports Injuries?
Smart strategies may include conditioning and warm-up exercises, changes to your sports technique, nutrition to strengthen your body and reduce inflammation, regular spinal checkups to address any alignment problems that may crop up, and lifestyle practices to help you maintain your best health at all times.