Sports and exercising are good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself. Accidents, poor training practices or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape, don’t warm up or stretch enough.

The most common sports injuries are

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
 

The most important thing to remember is If you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation and sometimes surgery.

Click on the topics below to find out more about common sports injuries, conditions, prevention and safety. You will be taken to the Sports & Exercise education area of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website.

Common Sports Injuries & Conditions

 

Prevention and Safety

 

Sports Injury Prevention