It’s a well-known fact that in the NFL, injuries will happen. I mean, a bunch of big, fast, strong, physical specimens colliding into one another while running at maximum speed will tend to result in players going down with various ailments.
Soccer (also known as football) is an exciting and fast-paced game that requires teamwork, coordination, agility, and healthy knees. Unfortunately, soccer players have a higher-than-average risk of experiencing serious knee injuries because of the pivoting and quick direction changes required in the game . The most common soccer injuries affect the lower body, and more specifically, the knee and ankle . Here we focus on the most common types of knee injuries and how to reduce your risk.
Do you play racquet sports? Tennis, squash, racquetball or badminton? If you do, you may find the sport is hard on your knees. Racquet sports are some of the most popular sports in the world and competitive matches are played even at a mature age. Because racquet sports are so fast paced and difficult on the knees, injuries can occur at any time and at any age. Some the world’s greatest tennis players have taken time off or retired from the sport due to knee injuries. It’s not surprising: as a tennis and squash player myself, I have been somewhat unkind to my knees in the past: there is just so much twisting, turning, changing direction and lunging! In a nut-shell, those who play racquet sports are known to be at a higher risk of injury due to the unique demands on their knees. So, what can you do to prevent or reduce the risk of knee injuries?
Hockey is one of the fastest sports on the planet due to the conditions created by the physics of the skate. It is an incredibly rough sport that requires focus, balance, grit and physical toughness. Obviously, the speed at which hockey is played, coupled with the physicality of the game, greatly increases the risk of injury.
Healthy joints are important to help keep you walking, running, jumping, playing sports, and doing everything else you love to do. Joints are where two or more bones are joined together in the body, like your knees, hips, and shoulders.
Recent research suggests that roughly 80% of Americans don’t exercise enough. Everyone has their reasons as to why they don’t exercise, whether it’s work, family commitments, or difficulty staying motivated. However, these reasons are often simply justifications for not exercising. Let’s take a look at general exercise recommendations, the risks of not exercising regularly, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
Kara Lang is one of Canada’s premium football exports. Her list of accolades includes: being the first 15 year old to play for the national team (2002), numerous multi-goal games on the international pitch (including setting the record for fastest goal in an international match), a stint with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-league (United Soccer League) and a productive 3-year NCAA career with the UCLA Bruins (scoring a record 17 goals in 24 games as a freshman, leading the Bruins to the NCAA championships that year).
Simply put, my father is an athlete. Now in his 50’s, the sports in which he participates differ greatly from his youth. That isn’t to say he is any less competitive, in fact, I can hardly imagine him being any more so. Competition is in his blood and that will never change.
As a medical doctor, I know that the knee is one of the most commonly injured joints in the human body. Around 60% of sports-related injuries impact the knees, and the resulting lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) is estimated to be as high as 45%. And yet, to date conventional knee braces have not really addressed this problem; many patients are left with mobility impairments that force them to give up on doing the things they love. I haven’t just seen this as an ER and family medicine doc, I’ve also experienced knee injuries firsthand. As an avid photographer, I’ve learned that sometimes you need to hike quite a bit through challenging terrain to get to the most photogenic spots. At times, it feels like the knee injuries I’ve personally experienced have the potential to progressively limit the way I can travel in the future.
I fell in love with basketball before I could walk; it has been a part of my family and my life since day one. From the driveway to Madison Square Garden in New York, MacKenzies have played ball at a variety of levels. My earliest memories revolve completely around playing basketball in the backroom with my father, brother and my sister. Being 5 years younger than my brother and sister I had difficulty keeping up, especially in the early years, but basketball quickly became the strongest bond in our family.