Sports Injuries

Athletes in all sports risk injury, whether from contact in the sport or from overuse. The most frequent sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments, which connect bones together) and strains (injury to tendons, which connect muscles to bones). These are caused when abnormal stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscles. Other injuries include pulled muscles and, more rarely, broken bones. General guidelines to reduce the risk of injury include taking time off between seasons, taking breaks during practices, wearing the right gear, strengthening your muscles, increasing flexibility, playing safely, stopping when you feel pain and avoiding heat injury. Find out how to remain injury-free with advice and suggestions from the nation's elite coaches and athletes.

Latest in Sports Injuries

An Athlete's Guide to Stress Fractures

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By: Anna Johansson

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By: Andy Haley

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How to Deal With Common Baseball Injuries

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Latest Videos in Sports Injuries

STACK Sports Health: How to Rehab a Sports Hernia

Learn what a sports hernia is and what to do if you suffer one.

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Use the Couch Stretch to relieve tight quads and fix hip mobility.

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STACK Sports Health: Check Your Shoulder Health With This Mobility Assessment

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