Common Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

All sports are fun for different reasons. Some people enjoy playing basketball or soccer because it involves a lot of high intensity running and is great for blowing off steam. Some prefer golf or billiards because it requires precision and accuracy and great mental concentration. People who love the water or have a lot of pains and aches in their joints may love to swim or do water aerobics. Whatever it is, there is a sport for just about everyone and that means that there are also a wide variety of injuries that can happen while playing.


Here are a few tips on avoiding injuries for some major sports:


  • Basketball – Basketball players can be injury-prone for a lot of reasons. There is a lot of high jumping, quick running, and sudden directional changes. One of the best ways to prevent injury is to wear proper basketball shoes that fit correctly and give you the best ankle and arch support. Arch support is especially important because of the amount of jumping the sport involves. Doing balance and core strengthening exercises can also help you avoid ankle sprains, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, etc.
  • Soccer – Soccer puts you at risk for just about any and every foot and ankle injury. You can get injured either by running, tripping on the ball or another player, or sliding/diving among other things. It’s very difficult to avoid injury, but to minimize the risk, always wear cleats that fit correctly to avoid unnecessary twisting and turning of the ankle and foot. Also make sure to get plenty of rest after playing to avoid any long term and overuse injuries.
  • Football – Football is a high impact sport that involves a lot of collisions and dangerous movement. Feet and ankles can get bone bruises and contusions as well as heel pain, stress fractures, etc. When playing football, avoid injury by wearing proper fitting cleats that are replaced whenever they start to frayed or look worn. Also, do exercises that specifically help with lateral movement.
  • Baseball – Baseball might not seem like a high intensity sport, but running the bases, sliding, and diving can cause some serious foot and ankle injuries. Make sure to wear cleats that can help provide traction while running.


Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients in the Centreville, VA area with sports injuries and other foot and ankle ailments for over seventeen years. If you have any questions call us at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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