Sports Injuries

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Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand.

An injury that happens suddenly, such as a sprained ankle caused by an awkward footfall. This is an acute injury.

Common types of sports injuries:

Ankle sprain – symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness.
Bruises – a blow can cause small bleeds into the skin.
Concussion – mild reversible brain injury from a blow to the head, which may be associated with loss of consciousness. Symptoms include headache, dizziness and short term memory loss.
Cuts and abrasions – usually caused by falls. The knees and hands are particularly prone.
Dehydration – losing too much fluid can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Dental damage – a blow to the jaw can crack, break or dislodge teeth.
Groin strain – symptoms include pain and swelling.
Hamstring strain – symptoms include pain, swelling and bruising.
Knee joint injuries – symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness. The ligaments, tendons or cartilage can be affected.
Nose injuries – either blood nose or broken nose, caused by a direct blow.
Stress fractures – particularly in the lower limbs. The impact of repeated jumping or running on hard surfaces eventually stresses and cracks the bone.

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