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Exercise is an important part of life in order to get or stay healthy. For many people, sports is a funway of burning extra calories, socializing and getting fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury, or a flareup of an old injury or condition. Almost everyone knows that exercise is good for the heart and lungs, and many people are such avid exercisers that they are of the mindset if they are going to have a health issue, they would rather it be orthopedic in nature than cardiac. However, you don’t have to be a professional or even amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times those most susceptible to sports injury are people who have just started exercising or do it on a recreational level, your typical weekend warrior. For the sake of brevity, sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, includingmuscles, bones and tissues such as cartilage. The most common sports injuries include: SPRAINS: A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another is stretched or torn.
Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck, and shoulder sprains are very common too. STRAINS: A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur fromoverstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy.
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