Being active means different things to different people. For some, it’s gardening work or talking the dog for a walk. For others, it’s hitting the field, court, or mat. Interest in sports has never been higher amongst adults, and you probably already know that sports are a wonderful way to stay in shape. Instead of putting yourself through the paces at your neighborhood gym, you can find a sport that’s fun, challenging, addictive, and social. That way, you get plenty of exercise without having to drag yourself to the gym.
But being an athlete – whether you’re a professional or a simply a recreational player – comes with inherent risks. The unpredictable nature of sports is what makes them fun and worth playing, but it’s also possible to get injured. If you’ve been playing sports for awhile now, this is probably not news to you. Whether it’s tennis elbow or a sprained ankle, injuries are just a part of the game. We do what we can to avoid them, but sooner or later, someone’s going to be slow getting up.
Whether you’re already into one or more sports – or whether you’re investigating new sports you might be interesting in (and comfortable with), you might be wondering what sports cause the most injuries for adults. The following list is by no means definitive, but it’s an amalgamation of research that’s already been done. Here are the sports that generally run a higher risk of causing injury to adults:
As popular as this sport is, basketball does cause a lot of injuries. Often times, the ankles and knees are affected due to the quick, unexpected changes of direction players make. Recreational basketball players are even more prone to injury, since they tend not to stretch or warm up properly before playing.
A lot of American adults play softball. This is often seen as an easy recreational sport, but it can also lead to various injuries. Running and sliding can cause injury to the legs or ankles, and can even lead to spinal imbalances. Many softball players end up in chiropractic offices every year, seeking treatment for their aches and pains.
Disorders like tennis elbow are very common, and tennis players may also develop problems in the knees and ankles. These types of injuries can be prevented with proper stretching before and after play.
Optimizing your sports performance
Playing a sport may not be a matter of winning on the professional circuit. After all, relatively few people have the time, effort and talent to make that happen. But sports belong to all of us, and they really are one of the great joys of life. If you want to optimize your performance and keep yourself active in sports over the long run, visiting a reputable chiropractor can give you a big advantage. Just make sure you find one with an impeccable reputation in the community, and make sure to ask plenty of questions! Developing a good rapport with your chiropractor is one of the most important elements of an effective treatment plan.