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How Likely Are You to Have a Sports Injury? The Surprising Answer

Man holding his knee in pain due to sports injury.

We’ve all seen that game-altering or even life-altering injury that can take down a professional sports player in just a matter of moments. Well, you think, professional sports is a pretty rough neighborhood, you’ve got to expect injuries from time-to-time. That’s true! It’s not surprising that serious injuries happen to professional sports players during contact sports.

What about you? How about that friendly pickup basketball game with your buddies, morning run through the park, or weekend tennis match at the club? How likely are you to be injured? You might find the answer surprising!

Will you experience a sports injury?

At Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians, we see and treat injuries that are caused by participation in non-professional sports or exercise every day. A recent study reported an average annual estimate of 8.6 million sports and recreation-related injuries. One-half of those injuries required treatment.

1 in every 17 participants in sports is injured playing their favorite sport.

What’s most surprising are the kinds of sports and exercises that account for the most injuries, such as:

  • Tennis 
  • Skateboarding
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Running 
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball

Sports injuries are commonly a result of asking your muscles to do something they are not strong enough or flexible enough to do. Before any exertion, it is always advisable to warm up your muscles with a series of stretching exercises. You’ll move better and protect your muscles and joints from injury.

What are the most common types of injuries? 

  • Shoulder – Dislocations, sprains, and strains make up 20% of all sports injuries. Shoulder injuries are caused by overuse. Sports that require overhead movement, like tennis, swimming, baseball, volleyball, and basketball are the most common culprits. 
  • Groin pull – The inner thigh muscles help pull the legs together. Sports that require moving in a side-to-side motion, such as football, soccer, and baseball, have a high occurrence of groin pulls.
  • Hamstring strain – The three muscles that make up the hamstring can become strained from overuse or overstretching. Pain can be caused by small tears in the muscles or tendons. Sometimes bruising can occur. 
  • Shin splints – This injury happens most often to runners, but can also happen in people who aren’t used to exercising or who have increased their exercise intensity too quickly. It results in shooting pain down the front of the leg. 
  • ACL tear (Knee)- This ligament connects the leg bone to the knee. Suddenly stopping and changing directions or a hard impact to the side of the knee can cause a strain or tear of the ACL. These are one of the most severe sports injuries and require immediate treatment.
  • Knee injury: 55% of all sports injuries are knee injuries. Knee injuries also make up 25% of problems treated by orthopedic surgeons. It’s caused by the kneecap repeatedly moving against the leg bone and damaging the tissues, resulting in pain. Basketball, cycling, swimming, football, volleyball, and running are the most common sports where these injuries occur.
  • Tennis elbow – Around 7% of all sports injuries are elbow injuries. It’s caused by repetitive use of the elbow that creates tiny tears in the elbow’s ligaments. Pain may be experienced on the inside or outside of the elbow

*Source: https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-sports-injuries

Advanced sports medicine in Bellevue can help!

More and more people are adopting a more active lifestyle in their effort to be healthier, and that’s great! However, this does increase the chance of getting a sports or exercise-related injury. We know patients want three things: stop the pain, fix the injury, and get me back to my normal life as fast as possible.

An expert in sports medicine in Bellevue giving treatment to injured Achilles tendon on woman patient.

At BBJP, we have the right treatment for your specific injury. Depending on the type and severity of the injury we have two different types of sports medicine for our Bellevue patients.

Physical therapyThis focuses on conditioning and training the muscles using tailored programs, workouts, and stretches.

Orthopedic surgery – When the joint is damaged, we will focus on fixing and re-enabling the full use of the injured joint.

Our team of highly-trained doctors and therapists are committed to comfortable treatment and guided and supported recovery. Have you injured yourself? Call us today at (425) 462-9800 to schedule a convenient appointment.