Most Common Sporting Injuries

When you are a bit of a fitness addict and love the adrenalin that exercise gives you, it feels debilitating not to give it your all due to injury. If you don’t look after yourself in terms of stress management and relaxation, it is easier to injure yourself during exercise because you are not in optimum health.

If you have a cold or chest infection, or you are feeling generally lethargic, listen to your body and don’t exercise. It can actually do you more harm than good sometimes.

Let’s look at some of the most common sporting injuries and what immediate relief you can take to minimise further damage.

Sprained ankle

This can be nasty. It might be that you fall off a step in a step class, or literally go over on your ankle whilst out running. An ankle sprain happens when the strong ligaments that support your ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. Torn ligaments can actually take longer to heal than a break so care should be taken not to exercise on it too soon.

If it is extremely painful when the injury occurs and if you are not convinced it is just a sprain, then go to the nearest accident and emergency for an x-ray to make sure it isn’t broken.

Elevate it as much as possible and put ice on to reduce the swelling. When you are ready to go back to exercise, the real test is if you can hop on it 30 times then you are good to go. Get yourself a good ankle strap like this one to support it during exercise if it still feels weak.


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Shin splints

These are not necessarily painful when you are not exercising, but can cause significant pain when you are in action. They are often caused by over exerting yourself and you get a pain right up the front of your legs, either one or both.

Make sure you wear the right footwear for the right sport and if you get shin splints don’t overdo it. Take plenty of rest and put ice packs on your shins to reduce any swelling.

For long term relief and to prevent it getting worse, get yourself some orthotics for your shoes like these

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ACL injury

An ACL tear (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) are a well-known sporting injury and can be extremely painful. The ACL basically connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. It may feel like you have sudden, severe and sharp pain, something pops during exercise, or you are unable to put any, or very little weight on the joint without it hurting.

A mild or moderate tear may heal itself in time, however always get it checked out and put as little weight on as possible in the meantime. When exercising for the first time after the tear, make sure you wear a knee support like this one,


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If you have injured yourself, always get checked out by a medical professional who will be able to give you the correct medical advice and treatment if necessary.

Hopefully these tips will help ease your discomfort if you do get injured. We also offer a wide range of products to help mitigate injuries, take a look around our site to see them all or click here.