Preventing Common Sports Injuries
Injuries are a part of sport, and that will always be the case. Unfortunately, injuries are a leading cause for players quitting their sport. Or not participating in the first instance. Now, whilst we will never be able to totally eliminate injuries, coaches do have the ability to reduce the risk of injuries, and prevent some altogether.
Most injuries occur due to controllable factors. These factors include fatigue or overuse, improper technique or training, lack of experience or knowledge, and recklessness. All these factors are controllable and if controlled correctly, injuries can be prevented. However, for you to control these injury factors, you need to understand the ins and outs of sports injuries.
This includes understanding what injuries are likely to affect your players, the common causes of these injuries, and what you can do to minimise the risk of injury. If you can understand all of this, you’ll be able to build training programs that reduce the risk of injuries. You’ll be able to identify the signs of potential injuries. And you’ll be able to teach your players how to prepare, train, and play in a manner that is safe.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”Benjamin Franklin
Below is a button that links to an article by Mary Gavin, MD. In this article, Mary discusses common sports injuries, why they occur, how to treat them, and more importantly, how to prevent them. This is a great starting point for any coach looking to reduce the risk of injuries for their players.
It is also important to keep in mind that some sports face particular injuries more than others. For this reason, after reading Mary’s article, we recommend speaking with your governing sporting body about the injuries you should be most aware of in your sport. Also, ask for some advice on how you can best prevent these injuries from occurring.
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