The health benefits of sports include proper weight management, efficient functioning of the heart, controlled diabetes, lower cholesterol levels, improved blood circulation, and lower hypertension and stress levels. It helps in the toning of muscles and strengthening of bones. It also brings positive energy, discipline, and helps in building self esteem and mutual respect. What an amazing set of benefits! On the flip side, sports come with their risks of injury which can be drastically reduced if athletes and teams introduce and injury prevention program. One thing in common with all these sports is that a majority of injuries come from non-contact situations and many of them can be avoided. 

Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world!. With the MLS gaining popularity in North America and the reasonable costs to play the sport it is becoming the sport of choice! Along with this rising popularity comes a rise in the number of injuries. A few of the most common injuries among soccer players in high school and college include: MCL and ACL tears, Infrapatellar Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Hamstring and Gastrocnemius strains, Concussions, Groin Strains strains and Achilles tendonitis. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Lacrosse

 With its roots in First Nations cultures, lacrosse is one of the oldest and currently fastest growing team sports. With it's fast paced free flowing style of game combined with a combination of quick change of direction, stick, ball and contact make for a unique set of injury mechanisms and types. Common injuries include: Non-contact ankle and knee ligament sprains/strains, ACL tears, muscle strains of hamstring, quadriceps and groin, shin splints and low back pain round out the common injuries sustained in this sport. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Basketball

 Basketball’s quick pace and constant movements raise the risk of injuries to the knees, ankles and feet. The CPSC estimates that roughly 501,000 people received emergency medical care for injuries related to this sport in 2009. The most common injuries in basketball include ankle sprains, torn knee ligaments and stress fractures in the feet and lower legs.The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Football

Football has the highest number of injuries among school athletes. In a 2012 report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that roughly 466,492 people received emergency medical care due to injuries associated with this contact sport. The most common types of football injuries include sprained ankles, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and cartilage tears, especially in the knee joint. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Volleyball

 Volleyball also causes a lower number of injuries in young athletes, but it still sent more than 61,000 people to emergency rooms for treatment in 2012, according to CPSC. Shoulder injuries are among the most common types of injuries in this sport, since players use this part of the body for spiking or blocking the ball. Other common injuries include ankle sprains and tendon tears in the fingers. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Tennis

 Tennis causes fewer injuries among high school and college athletes than football and basketball, but those who play are still at risk of several types of injuries. One of the most common injuries is tennis elbow, which occurs when you move your arm in a repetitive motion. Other common tennis injuries include muscle strain in the lower back, rotator cuff tendonitis, ankle sprains and tendonitis in the knee. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Wrestling / Martial Arts

High school and college wrestling is a physically demanding activity that places a significant amount of strain on different parts of the body. Students who participate in this sport are at higher risk of torn knee ligaments, shoulder and elbow sprains, pre-patellar bursitis in the knee, ankle sprains and muscle strains in the lower back. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Skiing / Snowboarding

 The massive air time and amazing tricks make skiing and snowboarding crowd favourites at the winter olympics. Both these sports involve speed down a mountain with a slippery surface strapped to your feet. As fun as these 2 sports are they do come with their recipe for injury as well. The common injuries sustained in these sports are: 1. Knee Ligament injuries: MCL or ACL tears or sprains make up 1/3 of the injuries. 2: Ankle Sprains, 3: Shoulder dislocations, 4: Spinal injuries 5: Hand, Wrist, or thumb injuries. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Crossfit

 Crossfit has taken off in popularity over recent years. As Crossfit combines a wide range of movements with range of equipment, this can mean an even wider range of injuries. With the sport still relatively new, it is still to be determined what the long term impact will be regarding injuries from this sport. However, these are the common injuries sustained today with Crossfit: Low back pain/strain, herniated disks, Anterior knee pain, Tennis Elbow, Achilles Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and wrist sprain/strain. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

Running

 Running.....probably the most popular individual sport that comes with a lot of health benefits. What they don't tell you is that you start running and you probably will get injured. Some estimate that nearly 80% of runners are injured each year. Most injuries fall under the Repetitive Stress category by applying repeated forces over a prolonged period of time. Here are the most common running injuries that can happen: Runners Knee, Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Stress Fractures, Infrapatellar Tendonitis, Ankle Sprain, Pulled Muscles, Blisters, Chafing, Side Stitches. The Good News: Most of these injuries are preventable with a Movement Efficiency Test & Program!

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