Work hard, play hard–that’s many people’s motto for life. Unfortunately, sometimes playing too hard can cause major problems for the rest of your life. Here are 10 sports injuries you may suffer on the weekend that will affect your work week, too.
Lower Back Pain
There are many ways that your recreational sports can lead to lower back pain. Some of the more common causes of back pain include bulging discs in the spine, strained muscles, back spasms, and sciatica, pain that runs down your leg after compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Some of the sports that can lead to this include running, golf, tennis, and baseball.
This type of pain often doesn’t go away, and it can make any job harder to do, whether it involves loading trucks in the warehouse or sitting at a computer.
This is typically due to degeneration of tendons in the elbow. It’s pain around the outside of the elbow. It’s most common in tennis, baseball, and swimming. A companion condition, golf elbow, affects the inside of the elbow and can be caused by golf. This pain affects you whenever you’re grabbing small objects, doing fine muscle movements with your hands, or rotating the forearm, which means that many jobs from typing to plumbing will hurt like the dickens.
An ankle sprain is a soft tissue injury to the ankle. It’s typical in many types of sports, such as soccer, hockey, volleyball, and basketball. The pain from an ankle sprain will keep you off your feet for a while, so if your job involves walking, you could be in trouble.
Shoulder injuries include dislocations, sprains, and strains. They are common in tennis, swimming, basketball, weightlifting, and baseball. If you strain your shoulder, any manual labor will be hard to perform, and even sitting at your computer may be a challenge.
Knee injuries are the most common form of sports injury, accounting for more than half of all injuries. Torn ligaments and cartilage in the knee can result in pain and dysfunction, and for many people once your knee is hurt it never fully recovers. Knee injuries occur in running, cycling, swimming, football, basketball, even aerobics. This kind of injury will make it hard for anyone whose work involves being on your feet.
Temporomandibular joint disorder is when dysfunction in your jaw joint causes muscle strain and pinched nerves. TMJ can be caused by trauma to the jaw in martial arts or boxing. It can also be caused by jaw strain, which is sometimes seen in weightlifters. Although this certainly affects anyone who talks a lot on the job, it can also cause headaches that result in time lost no matter what your job.
A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury. It’s common in many kinds of contact sports, including football, hockey, boxing, and soccer, but can occur in noncontact sports like skiing and basketball. Concussion can also lead to headaches, as well as mood disorders, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and other symptoms that can make it hard for you to get back to work.
Preventing Sports Injury
Although you may only be a recreational sports player, when it comes to taking care of yourself, you have to have the same attitude as the pros because an injury can still end your career. Your body may not earn you money on the field, but what happens on the field can hurt you where you really make your money.
Use appropriate protective equipment for your sport. Stretch and warm up before competing. And make sure you don’t push yourself too hard. You’re out there to have fun, after all. And injuries are not fun.
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