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3 Common Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

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3 Common Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Summer has come to an end, and with it comes the change of outdoor activities in the Jackson area. Whether you are starting a ski-fit program, or moving your running from the trails to the treadmill, you’ll want to make sure you’re injury-free.

Luckily, many of the common injuries that do occur are easily preventable with the right knowledge. To keep your activity level high and your body in motion all season long, here is how you can prevent these three common injuries:

1. Ankle Sprain

When your ankle is twisted awkwardly, a sprain can occur. Pain and swelling can range from mild to painful and recovery times can vary. To prevent an ankle sprain, you should always stretch before each game. By doing so, your ligaments and joints will be stretched enough to handle any twist and turns.

2. Torn ACL

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the ligament in the knee that helps stabilize your knee joint. When stretched beyond its ability, a slight or complete tear can happen. The best course for prevention is maintaining a healthy weight to reduce excess pressure. Always complete warmups before running or enduring any physical activity that will involve your knees.

3. Tennis Elbow

Also known as golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow occurs from repetitive movement and motion leading to inflammation of the tendon. When pain does occur, rest the area and avoid the motion causing it. Once again, warm-ups, stretching, and specific exercises can help strengthen the area to prevent further injury.

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Jackson, WY

Is a recurring or new injury hindering your athletic performance? With Physical & Occupational Therapy, you’ll work closely with your medical therapists, who will instruct you on exercises that will expedite your recovery, so that you can go back to your active and busy life. Talk to one of the providers at St. John’s Peak Joint & Spine Center to learn more about your treatment options.