Ten most common exercise and sport injuries

Even the most highly trained athlete gets injured in his field of sports. And depending on your sports, there are certain parts of the body that are more prone to injury. According to research, the following are the top 10 most common sports injuries:

Knee Injuries

Most of the sports injuries are knee-related. And there are major types of knee injuries:

  • MCL Sprain/Tear
  • ACL Sprain/Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder injuries

Most shoulder injuries are caused by overuse of the shoulder. These include sprains, dislocations, and strains. And the common sports that can cause such are tennis, baseball, swimming, weight lighting, basketball, and football.

Tennis or golf elbow

This type of injury causes pain on the outside of the elbow. This condition is brought on by overused of the arm, forearms and hand muscles.

Ankle sprains

This type of injury is very common in sports such as running and jumping. It occurs when you roll the ankle inward under the weight of the rest of the body.

Hamstring strains

The hamstring muscle is located on the back of the thigh. A strained hamstring occurs when one of these muscles gets overloaded. This is common in basketball, football, soccer and such sports.

Groin strains or groin pulls

This kind of injury is more frequent in soccer, basketball, football, and hockey. This results from putting too much stress on your thigh.


This can also be defined as an injury to the brain that is usually caused by a blow to the head. The following are the symptoms of this injury:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Delayed response to questions

Athletes at higher risks are those who play football, hockey, rugby, soccer, and lacrosse.

Tendinitis or Achilles tear

This is the kind of injury that affects the back of your lower leg. It can happen to anyone even if you are not an athlete.

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It stretches from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. Achilles tendon injuries are common in people who do the following things:

  • Running
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Low-back pain

This condition can be the result of excessive strain on the muscles and ligaments in the lower part of your back. It is usually related to improper stretching.

Hip flexor strain

This is a tear of the muscle in your hip. Depending on how bad it is, you may feel mild pain, sharp pain, severe pain, swelling, spasms, and bruising. Athletes who run or jump while performing high knee kicks are more likely to experience hip flexor strains. The following people can also suffer from this injury:

  • cyclists
  • dancers
  • martial artists
  • kickers on a football team
  • soccer players
  • step aerobics participants

Get yourself aware of these injuries and keep in mind the preventive and precautionary measures needed to avoid these types of agonizing pain.