Feature: Seven highly common sporting injuries

The last thing you remember is that you were jumping to head the ball, before the world came crashing down on you. Or maybe, it’s you who came crashing down on a twisted ankle. You don’t know exactly what happened, but you have an excruciating pain in your ankle, a pain so severe that you can barely even think of standing up. You’ve probably got a sprained ankle, one of the most common sporting injuries.

Sporting injuries can vary in nature and severity, but some parts of the body are more prone to get hurt than others. The type of injury also depends upon the type of sport that you are playing.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries in the UK, how they are caused, and how to prevent them.

 

1. Hamstrings Injuries

Hamstring injuries usually happen in cricket, athletics and football. They are caused when you stretch a hamstring because of excessive standing or running. Hamstring injuries are more common among older players, as their hamstrings muscles have become comparatively less flexible because of age.

Improper stretching and not warming up are common causes for hamstring injuries. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) usually cure hamstring injuries.

 

2. Achilles tendinitis

Named after the Spartan warrior who conquered Troy, Achilles tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendon at the back of your heel. It is more common among athletes engaging in track events or jumping. Achilles tendinitis is painful and can often make it impossible to run.

The injury is treated by RICE and pain-killers. If not treated, Achilles tendinitis can become chronic.

 

3. Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments 

Most common in football, this is a knee injury that happens when a player loses balance and the knee is twisted in an awkward position. The injury is painful and can take some time to heal. RICE and knee-bands are often used to speed up the healing of the torn knee ligaments.

 

4. Golf Elbow or Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow usually hits the outside of the elbow, and is caused by tendon degeneration due to repeated backhand strokes. Golf elbow more commonly causes the inflammation of the inside of the elbow because of injury to the epicondyle, the place where forearm-flexing muscles are attached to the upper arm.

The remedy is to exercise the forearms for strength and to use the correct playing technique.

 

5. Shin Splints

Most common among cyclists and runners, shin splints refer to the pain on the inside of the shin bone. It often troubles people who are not used to exercising, do not do stretching, or build the intensity of the workout a bit too rapidly.

Shin splints can also be caused if you’re wearing improper shoes or by running on hard ground. Rest, ice, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medicine usually cure shin splints without a problem.

 

6. Lower Back Pain

Although sportsmen rarely develop back pain, it can sometimes affect cyclists, runners, golfers, and tennis players. Improper stretching and not warming up are the most predominant causes of back pain in athletes. A discrepancy in leg length can trigger back pain even with a little running.

While sporting back pain is usually caused by pulled back-muscles, you should consult the physician to make sure it’s not a severer condition, such as a slipped-disk or sciatica, that’s making your back hurt.

 

7. Ankle Sprain

Coming back to the injury that we imagined in the opening of this post, a sprained ankle is most common in football, volleyball, basketball, and hockey. It can tear the ligaments and even a tendon in the ankle joint. Sever pain is accompanied by swelling of the ankle, and an X-Ray is required to rule out the possibility of a fracture.

A sprained ankle can take some time to heal fully. Avoid this injury by strengthening your ankles through exercises such as ankle lifts, and by wearing a bandage around the ankle.

 

Dr Garry J McCLean writes for The Workplace Depot on Health and Safety issues.

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Most Successful Sporting Coaches Of All Time

It takes a lot to be a successful coach. To win professional games consistently you need to be an exceptional motivator, a near-genius tactician, and by far the hardest working person at the club.

There are some coaches that have stood head and shoulders above the rest, leading their teams to success upon success.  Here are some of the all-time greats.

 

Alex Ferguson, Soccer Coach

Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly one of the most successful soccer club coaches of all time. Leading Manchester United to no less than 38 different trophies over 26 years, including two European Champion’s League wins.

The only regret among English football fans is that he could never be prized away from Manchester to lead the country to international success.

Pundits put his success down to rare combination of masterful strategic acumen, along with a monumental ability to motivate players and get the best out of them.

His longevity is impressive – given his consistently explosive nature on the sidelines, fans and press have wondered how he’s lasted so long without keeling over. In fact, the man only just retired, at a ripe old 71 years old.

The fact is though, tough old Sir Alex has led Manchester United to success after success, and will go down in history as the most successful soccer coach of our era.

 

Robbie Deans, Super Rugby Coach

New Zealand’s own Robbie Deans boasts the record as the world’s most successful super rugby coach in Super 12 history.

Say what you want about his performance for the Wallabies, when it comes to twelve-man rugby, Robbie Dean is unarguably the master.  He’s led the Canterbury Crusaders to no less than seven super rugby titles, and has since had a stand erected in his honour.

Somewhat less successful for the Australian national Rugby Union team, Deans nevertheless made his mark on Australian rugby and will go down in history as a juggernaught of Super 12 success.

 

Richard Williams, Tennis Coach

Both the father and professional coach of Venus and Serena, Williams has coached his daughters to an unprecedented number of tennis championship wins.

The pair have dominated the women’s game for several years, and general consensus is that it was Richard Williams’ tenacity, impeccably high standards and motivational ability that was the driving factor their success.

He’s claimed in the past that theirs is a rags-to-riches story, recounting stories of tennis practice in gang-land Los Angeles with the sound of gunfire in the distance, which have met with some scepticism.

However, his achievements are unarguably inspiring – after hearing how much tennis players earned, he taught himself tennis and then taught his daughters, relentlessly driving them forward from obscurity to international domination of the sport.

 

John Wooden, Basketball Coach

John Wooden is perhaps the most famous American basketball coach, having been labelled “the winningest coach of all time”, and was widely adored by his players during his time courtside.

He won dozens of titles during his lengthy career, notably guiding the UCLA Bruins to an unheard of ten championship wins over two decades.

Many of his former players have remarked that he was much more than a coach to them, fondly describing him using words like “teacher”, “father figure” and “mentor”.

He passed away recently, at the grand old age of 99, and the NBA rightly paid great tribute to the man who gave so much to the game.

 

International Rugby Coach – Graham Henry

As much as we’d like to deny it, the most successful rugby union coach of all time is arguably Sir
Graham Henry, coach of the All-Blacks from 2004-2011. He coached the New Zealanders to 88 wins from 103 tests; a staggeringly impressive winning ratio of 85.4%.

Naysayers might argue that he took the reins of a country with one of the most naturally strong pools of rugby talent in the world, and they’d be right.

However, his ability to take that raw individual strength and talent and turn it into a shockingly disciplined and efficient try-scoring team was simply unparalleled.

It’s fair to say that he was the reason why the All-Blacks maintained dominance of international test rugby for the better part of a decade, culminating in a triumphant World Cup Final victory over France in 2011.

 

Marcus Falley is a contributor to Study Now, Australia’s biggest directory of online courses including sport and fitness courses. In addition to writing for Study Now, Marcus is a keen amateur surf ski paddler, photographer and marathon runner.

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Special Feature: 5 Sports Figures You Should Know

With a career in sports, fame almost always follows provided that the athlete is playing at the highest level. Some of them are more familiar than others but it is important to remember those that have made their sport special. Here are the 5 sports figures which you should definitely know.

 

Leopoldo Larez Banorte

Leopoldo Larez Banorte is known as a soccer player and coach. He has made an impact on the pitch by using his skills and knowledge of the game to pass them along to newer generations.

Leopoldo Larez Banorte was a great player but he has become an even better coach with different useful methods of training which has developed some of the better newer players. Though he does not get the big name recognition that other players do, he is still regarded by those who play the game as one of the great minds in soccer.

 

Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva is a top athlete in the sport of pole vaulting. She was an Olympic gold medalist both in 2004 and 2008. Currently, she is the world record holder for the event. Pole vaulting is not the one sport that brings the most fame; however Isinbayeva is widely regarded as the single best female pole vaulter ever.

Her records include being the first woman to clear the 5 meter barrier and she holds the record of 5.06 meters which she set in 2009.

 

Doug Flutie

When it comes to college quarterbacks, very few have ever been as exciting as Boston College’s Doug Flutie. He is very well-known for his 1984 play which has been named the Hail Flutie which got the win for the Eagles over the Miami hurricanes.

Flutie went on to become a professional quarterback and though has since retired, he is still very active in helping the community. His foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation helps families with children with autism.

His foundation raised millions since it started in 1998.

 

Hicham El Guerrouj

There are very few runners who can attain the type of success that Hicham El Guerrouj did. He was in fact the first man ever to become the AAF Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years. The Moroccan won a total of four consecutive 1500 meter titles from 1997 to 2003.

El Guerrouj also won the gold at the Olympic Games in Athens on the 1500 meter race and also in the longer 5000 meter race, a feat not accomplished since 1924.

 

Sam Mikulak

Despite suffering an injury before the 2012 Olympic Games, Sam Mikulak was still given a spot in the US Olympic gymnastics team. It was no surprise as Mikulak who is still only 20 years old is the NCAA national champion. In 2011, he won the Men’s All Around and in 2012, finished in 3rd place.

Because of his appeal and incredible talent in gymnastics, he always draws a plethora of fans anywhere he performs. This is one of the athletes that will be known in future competitions in the United States and the world.

 

Dan is a sports blogger who loves to blog on sports, especially soccer, he has great respect for Leopoldo Larez Banorte who is a professional soccer game player and has a number of experiences in the soccer gaming world.

 

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