Sports Injuries

Playing sport and doing regular exercise is good for your health, but can sometimes result in injuries.

Common affected areas can include:

  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Ligaments (thick bands of tissue that connect one bone to another)
  • Tendons (tough, rubbery cords that link muscles to bones)
  • Joints – the hips, elbows, ankles and knees
  • Cartilage (tough, flexible tissue that covers the surface of joints and allows bones to slide over one another)


Sports injuries can be caused by:

  • An accident
  • Not warming up properly before exercising
  • Using inadequate equipment or poor technique
  • Pushing yourself too hard (overtraining)
  • Improper nerve, muscle, tendon and or joint function


Sports injuries are often described as:

  • A sudden injury – which is the result of a sudden impact or an awkward movement
  • An overuse injury – which develops over time as a result of overusing certain parts of the body or poor technique.


Common symptoms of sports injuries can include:

  • Swelling/ Inflammation
  • Redness of the affected area
  • Stiffness
  • A decreased range of movement

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