Why Do Sports Injuries Occur?

Why Do Sports Injuries Occur?

Although it sounds simple, this question is truly very complex and requires a long and structured answer.

The occurrence of sports injuries (as well as the occurrence of pain) is influenced by a large number of factors.

There is one significant difference when we talk about pain and sports injuries: pain often occurs without any significant tissue damage.

This might sound unbelievable and illogical at first, but it's true and makes sense evolutionarily.

If this statement sounds crazy to you, try taking a shower with extremely cold or hot water.

Your skin will hurt long before any damage occurs.

Why does it hurt?

Because the body perceives information from the periphery as dangerous and wants to

distance you from that potentially harmful stressor.

However, in the case of (sports) injuries, by definition, there is tissue damage.

Accordingly, the most common pains people encounter are: long-term back and neck pain,

joint pain, and headaches.

On the other hand, the most common sports injuries are: muscle injuries, tendon injuries,

bone fractures, ankle injuries, knee ligament injuries, patellar and shoulder dislocations, etc.

Of course, the types of injuries depend on the sport a person practices.

A short answer to the question "Why do sports injuries occur?" is: tissue overload.

A longer answer to this question is:

Based on research (which largely coincides with my practical experience), we know that the

main risk factors for the occurrence of sports injuries are:

Previous injury to the same area (which was probably not properly rehabilitated)

  • Previous injury to a synergist or antagonist (which likely led to deterioration in the health of all surrounding structures due to forced reduction of load)
  • Inadequate training program (poor load management)
  • Inadequate preparation for training or competition (poor warm-up)
  • Insufficient muscle strength
  • Insufficient muscle endurance
  • Fatigue (physical)
  • Insufficient sleep/rest
  • Psycho-social factors (mental fatigue, stress, anxiety, fear)

Age (this factor is less important if we train well and consistently).

We must not forget that all these factors are in constant interaction with each other.

For example, it is easier to develop strength if we have slept well.

What can you do if you want to have fewer sports injuries?

Very “simple”, you can address as many of these risk factors as possible.

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