Most Common Sports Injuries in Men
There’s nothing worse for an athlete than an injury that keeps them out of the game, out of the pool, or off the track. As part of Men’s Health Month, find out the most common injuries male athletes face—and how you can avoid them.
Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury in men. The ankle is a complex joint that bears a lot of weight and can roll in many directions—making it very susceptible to injury.
To avoid ankle sprains, you’ll need to build up strength in supporting muscles and tendons, including in your calf and knee. You also need to work on landing from jumps. Many ankle injuries occur as you come back down, so practicing your landing is vital to prevention.
Knee Strain or Sprain
Like your ankle, your knee contains many ligaments and tendons that carry weight. Lands from jumps, shifting direction quickly, or direct blows to the knee can cause injuries in these tendons.
Strength training is again important to support your knee. You’ll need to build strength in your quadriceps and hamstrings to help take some pressure off the joint. You’ll also need to work on your movement, such as a quick change of direction or landing from a jump softly.
Plantar fasciitis is another very common sports injury affecting male athletes in many different sports. This condition is painful inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. When this tissue is inflamed, it can be hard to walk, let alone run.
Again, strength is a key component in preventing this injury. You can actually strengthen the tendons and ligaments in your foot and heel to help relieve some of the pressure on the fascia. Some exercises may include calf raises, toe spreads and squeezes and step stretches.
Wearing the right shoes is also vital. Your shoes should provide proper support for your sport and should be replaced regularly as the support wears out. You should also ensure that your shoes fit well and are not too loose or too tight. You should get your shoes from an athletic store that measures your foot or work with a podiatrist to find proper support.
The right workout and conditioning can help you avoid injuries and stay in the game. At Bon Secours Sports Performance, our athletic trainers work with athletes throughout the Richmond area to improve technique, increase strength, and stop injuries before they happen. Contact us today to work with expert trainers.