Getting out and participating in sports can certainly be more fun than hitting the treadmill or taking a fitness class. Those things can feel regimented. Boring.
Unfortunately, some sports come with more than just “fun.” All sports come with different risks to different areas of the body, but a few are known to pose truly serious risks. Be aware of the following sports that send thousands of people to the ER every year, and take care if you decide to play them.
Be Careful When Playing the Following Sports
Basketball. If you want to look at injuries throughout the body, basketball ranks as one of the most dangerous sports to play. When an entire game consists of running, stopping short, jumping, and possibly colliding with other players, a basketball player is bound to wear out their joints or suffer a serious blow at some point or other.
Most basketball injuries involve the legs (including the ankle, foot, and knee), but one in four injuries are focused in the head, face, or arms. Keep in mind that basketball is typically played without any sort of protection, so your body is going to experience any problems with no buffer.
Football. Shoulder pads and helmets are great gear for preventing some serious football injuries, but they do little to protect your back. Unfortunately, a blow to the back puts you at risk for vertebrae to become misaligned or a disc to leak out of its appropriate place.
Running. Here’s one you might not have been expecting. The repetitive motion of slamming your feet into the ground, especially if you are running to lose weight or don’t work to strengthen different areas of the body, can do serious damage to your joints.
Wearing proper running shoes is also key to protecting yourself. Running does wonders for the mind, the heart, and your overall health, but it still takes a serious toll on your body.
Soccer. At least running reduces your risk of a full-on collision with another person. Soccer and other contact sports (like the aforementioned basketball and football) account for 80% of sports-related ER visits for kids. Another important note, while it may look cool to use your head to move a soccer ball, this can cause serious damage for your brain and your spine.
Tennis. This sport is dangerous because it involves a lot of jumping, which can put you at a higher risk for joint damage. Tennis players also run a higher risk of suffering from lumbar spine pain. Strengthen the lower back and stretch out the tissues around the joints before you play.
Play Sports? Consider Visiting a Chiropractor
No one is telling you to throw in the towel and stop participating in these sports – any sort of physical activity is good for building strength and can enormously benefit your health. It is important, however, to know that certain activities, exercises, or motions, can put you at a higher risk for spinal damage than others. Make sure that you are stretching after games, and only playing when your body is rested and has recovered from previous injuries.
If you are injured playing sports, talk to a Florida chiropractor. Chiropractic care, including exercise therapy or spinal manipulations, can help you recover in a way that will prevent future injuries and get you back in the game faster.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.