Parts of the Body Affected by Sports Injury

Just about any region of your body can be affected by sports injuries, including:

Arm and Leg injuries include contusions, fractures, strains, and sprains, especially as a result of playing high speed, high impact, and/or contact sports.

Back injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, and stress fractures that are caused by impacts or overexertion of back muscles during bending or lifting movements. Back injuries are fairly common in contact sports like football, hockey, as well as non-contact sports like weight lifting, figure skating, gymnastics, dancing, baseball, and basketball.

Foot injuries can include strains, stress fractures, heel bruises, and swollen growth plates. Feet support all of our weight and during high energy sports, such as basketball, they must absorb enormous amounts of force over prolonged periods. Because of this, feet can be particularly susceptible to sports injuries. Differences in feet, feet issues (such as flat feet and high arches), lack of suitable footwear, and other factors also make feet susceptible to injury.

Hand, Finger, and Wrist injuries include fractures, dislocations, and sprains and often occur in contact sports, such as football and hockey, but they may also result from a fall or impact that forces the hand or fingers backward beyond their normal limits.

Head injuries include concussions, bruises, fractures, and hematomas that may be caused by falls, collisions, violent head shaking, blows to the head, or whiplash. A concussion occurs following a violent impact or shake of the head which causes temporary brain damage, or, if serious enough or if the person has suffered numerous prior concussions, even permanent and serious brain damage. Symptoms may include temporary or permanent memory loss, and even loss of brain function in severe cases. A hematoma occurs when a head injury causes blood to pools inside the brain or between layers of membrane surrounding the brain.

Neck injuries can be extremely serious injuries and may include strains, fractures, contusions, and sprains. Your neck can be injured as a result of sudden traumatic impact, blow, or changes in direction which may occur in any number of sports including sports like diving, gymnastics mountain climbing, horse riding, rugby, skydiving, judo, and boxing. Whiplash is an injury to the neck that is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head. For serious injuries, it is essential to keep the person quiet and still, with their head held straight, otherwise damage to the spinal cord can result.

Sex Organ injuries are fairly common in males because males play more high speed / high impact sports, and because the male genitals (penis and testicles) are relatively unprotected because they are external to the body and also in an area where impacts and collisions are likely. In women, injuries to the sex organs are rare because they are inside the body, however breast soreness and injuries occur often in women who play contact or semi-contact sports, such as basketball.

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