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Understand To Prevent Common Sports Knee Injuries
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Understand to Prevent Common Sports Knee Injuries

Many of us who play sports would probably have experienced knee injuries whether slight or not. It might be that tangy pain in your knee, or even the feeling that your knee is about to fall off. With that said, don't take it too likely. Knee injuries not mended early may lead to severe problems in future, which may require reconstructive surgery to treat.

As you probably have heard, prevention is better than cure. Thus, understanding your knee injury is important to establish a prevention method.

First off, what are the common sport knee injuries? The most common ones would usually be tendon, ligament tears and the Patello-femoral pain syndrome.

Tendon Tears

Tendons refer to the tough and flexible bands of tissues that attaches your muscles to the bones. Tendon tears usually develop through repeated motions or missing a step when playing sports. Besides this, tendon tears are usually common in beginners who does too much, or too soon without rest.

However, the good news is, tendon injuries are usually able to heal by themselves without the need for surgery.

Ligament Tears

This is the band that holds the knee joints together. This is usually caused by the sudden twisting or usage of excessive force of your knees. Such exercises that may cause this would be from repeated jumping, or a sudden rapid stop when running.

A torn ligament can lead to bleeding in the knee, which would cause swelling, immense pain and your knee joints becoming loose. Also, if your anterior cruciate ligament (located in the centre of you joint) is ruptured, you may also require reconstructive surgery as they do not heal on their own.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome

This is probably the most common injury where you feel that there is a pain behind the knee cap. Such is usually cause by any abnormal movements of your leg when your bent and straighten your knees.

Besides this, the most common contribution to the syndrome for most people is having muscle strength imbalances or tight muscles, which can be prevented through warming up before your exercise.

What can you do?

So what can you do if you suddenly experience one of those common sports knee injuries as mentioned above? The best you can do is:

1) Stop whatever sport you are doing

2) Rest your knees while applying an ice pack to reduce and pain or swelling

3) Bandage your knee firmly, extending it to your lower leg.

4) Make sure to AVOID alcohol and massage as they encourage the bleeding!

As mentioned previously, prevention is better than cure. The best way to prevent such knee injuries is to conduct a proper warm up routine!

Also, now that you know how these injuries are formed, make sure to always start out slow if you are just a beginner, as these knee injuries are usually most common to beginners who do not take enough rest days or pushing themselves too hard.


Street Talk

Ahh if only I was reading this twenty years ago. I have had serious knee issues from skating, IE hockey playing and coaching. It is not a pleasant thing. Great advice here!

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