Having been an athlete who has played competitively for over fourty years in over 26 countries, I believe I can speak on sports injury and injury prevention.This time of year is a critical time for sports injuries as we start pre-season training programs. If you have not identified your weaknesses and have been working to strengthen them during the off-season, there is a good chance they can be a source of continued aggravation as you ramp up your activity levels again for fall sports.

One of the benefits of being a patient of a sports specialist is finding your weaknesses and getting accurate information on how you can train them into strengths to keep you on the field of competition instead of on the side-line with recurring injuries.

Here are some interesting statistics:

  1. Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury Fong DTP, Hong Y, Chan LK, Yung PSH, Chan KM : A systematic review on ankle injury and ankle sprain in sports. Sports Medicine 2007; 37 (1): 73-94.)
  2. Pre-season imbalance and weakness of hip muscles increases the risk of ankle sprain by 26.7% in soccer players. When muscle strength was within normal limits the risk of ankle sprain decreased to 8%. (Straub RK, Khayambashi K, Ghoddosi N, Powers CM. Hip abductor strength predicts lateral noncontact ankle sprains in male soccer players. Presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Boston, June 2016.)
  3. Previous ankle sprain causes decreased muscle activation in the ankle, knee and hip. (Bullock-Saxton, J. Sensory changes associated with severe ankle sprain. Scand J Rehabil Med 27 (3):161-7.)
  4. While boys have a high number of knee injuries, girls have a 2.5 times greater risk of knee injury in basketball and 2.3 times greater in soccer. (Ireland M. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Female Athletes: Epidemiology. J Athl Train.34(2); Apr-Jun 1999PMC1322904.)

At POWER: Athlete Health Center, we offer functional testing and evaluations to determine where your weaknesses exist and offer precise solutions to overcoming them to prevent injuries from occurring and allow you to perform at your best. Give us a call to find out how we can help.