What are the Most Common Injuries Caused by Exercise?
As we all know, regular exercise reduces your risk of disease, helps control your weight and improves your mental health. The benefits are endless – but working out does come with the risk of injury. But what are some of the most common injuries that you can sustain from exercise and how can you try and prevent them?
If you do hurt yourself when exercising and it wasn’t your fault, then looking to a solicitor for a no win no fee claim is an option, otherwise, you’ll want to reduce the chance of any injuries occurring by following the guidance below.
Strains, pulls or tears can occur after putting undue pressure on a muscle, causing damage to the muscle and its attaching tendons. A torn muscle can also damage small blood vessels, which causes local bleeding or bruising. Symptoms include swelling, bruising, or redness, muscle weakness or complete inability to use it at all.
Knee injuries are caused by a range of exercises you wouldn’t necessarily expect, like kickboxing or HIIT. Physical activity that includes running, jumping, stretching and bending can put a lot of stress on the knee. If our feet aren’t stable because of unsuitable footwear, our hip muscles are weak, which means the knee gets all the stress.
Lower Back Pain
You have a series of muscles and ligaments in your back holding the bones of your spinal column in place. If you stretch these muscles too far, you risk straining them, which causes tiny tears in the tissue. This weakens the muscles, meaning the spine is less stable – resulting in lower back pain.
A fracture is a break of the bone that happens from either a quick, one-off injury – called an acute fracture – or from repeated stress to a bone over time – a stress fracture. An acute fracture is likely to be the result of full-body contact or a high-speed collision and will cause sudden, severe pain. On the other hand, low-contact sports that involve long training sessions or repetitive movements can cause stress fractures, or chronic injuries.
How to Prevent Injuries
Aside from avoiding exercise altogether, which isn’t what you want to do, there are a number of things you can do to minimise your risk of getting injured. Firstly, warm ups and cool downs are essential to avoid overextending or twisting a joint the wrong way. Well-fuelled workouts are key (eat about two hours before you exercise), as is making sure you’ve got all the proper equipment needed for your activity. Most importantly, listen to your body. If anything is feeling painful – stop.