Proper practice and training leads to a healthier athlete with less chance of injury. It is much more common for an athlete to get injured then someone who is not an athlete. There are different injuries that can happen to an athlete that sometimes may end their careers. A common injury that happens frequently in the sport of baseball would be the tearing of the UCL in the elbow which usually requires surgery. The thing is these are not the only injuries that happen to people. A non-athlete can get injured as well but with a lesser chance. When an injury happens, a main focus is the success rate of the athlete returning back to their prior selves. There are different types of injuries that happen in each sport. Would you be amused if you knew that a surgery before the injury even happens makes the athlete stronger?
Comparing football and baseball injuries, we conclude that they both do happen but they are strangely different type of injuries. In sports, we realize basic things right away. In football, players don’t use their arms like a quarterback and when it comes to baseball, every single player on the team uses their arm every play. Knowing this, one can come up with the idea that baseball is usually filled with arm injuries whereas football usually has more lower half of the body injuries. Either way, both sports have their own injuries that are well known to people all around. Sometimes it is sad to say but also true, that when watching football, we see someone running and make a cut move and all of a sudden fall, we can tell that they may have injured something in their leg. When watching baseball, zeroing into the pitcher throwing, we may see them grab their arm, which most likely means they have hurt it. From this, we know that each sport has their own unique injury.
Examples of injuries in both sports that are very common are a torn UCL in baseball and a torn ACL in football. We find that they are the some of the longest recovery times post operation in all sports. The time that happens after surgery from an injury is called post operation. During this time an athlete rehabs and rests to let the body try to get back to full strength. There are all different time lengths for all different types of injuries, but some people may say that there is a surgery that not only makes athletes come back to their prior self, but come back even stronger and amplify the game that they play. Well this one surgery can happen and sometimes even be performed before the injury even happens. For example, “Tommy John” surgery usually leaves an athlete out of commission for at least 9 months as to if someone in football gets surgery on something as much as a torn meniscus can have them out for as short of a time at 6 weeks. After a person gets injured, their body has to start to go through the healing process to make them strong again. Each persons body are all different and can heal fast or some can take longer then others so nothing is ever set in stone. Different rehab programs will make an athlete come back faster then others but also could cause a long term problem.
An example of this is a meniscus injury. We can get two different types of surgery in which one is called a meniscectomy where they take the damaged part of the meniscus out of our knee and the other is a full meniscus repair in which they connect it back together and let it heal. These can be two very different and time-consuming surgeries. An article from Webmd.com states that “you can return to heavy work or sports anywhere from 4-6 weeks if you have it removed. They also state that if having it repaired, you will be back to these same activities in 3-6 months.” We usually see athletes getting it removed to return more quickly, but there is one problem behind this. Getting the meniscus removed causes bone to bone contact in their knee which can give you arthritis in the future.
There are many leading causes behind sport injuries such as overuse, stops and twists, falls, improper equipment, new or increased activity, fatigue, unilateral movements, and technique and posture. Being athletes, we need to be in the best shape of our lives and push our bodies harder than they should be pushed at some points which is why we get injured. There are ways to prevent injuries but some things we can control. We may even be injured by taking a wrong step.
Injuries do happen to athletes. They are all different in different sports and there are different reasons why they do happen each time. It’s never good when they do happen and it is sad to see but it is a part of being an athlete. There are ways to prevent these from happening but not in all cases. Injuries are all different, it is important to know how to make our bodies in the best shape for all different sports so that these injuries do not happen. The athlete has to make sure that they eat, sleep and train correctly just to make sure they have a healthy body and make sure they have the lowest chance of being injured.