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Common Injury Awareness Series

PAADS presents information about various common athletic injuries, allowing athlete development specialists to better understand how common injuries are treated, suggested prevention and typical recovery times.


Achilles Tendinitis

“This Achilles tendon is the long tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is used when walking, running and jumping and is prone to overuse injury because of the amount this tendon is used and the great deal of force that is exerted through this tissue. Achilles tendinitis is and inflammation of the Achilles tendon that can make walking and everyday activities difficult.”

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Glenoid Labrum Tear

“The shoulder is composed of three bones: the arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The head of the humerus sits in a very shallow socket on the scapula (the glenoid fossa). In order to deepen the socket and create more stability at the joint a fibrous tissue, called the glenoid labrum, further connects the scapula to the humerus. The glenoid labrum can tear in different areas and each of these tears are given names based on the location of the tear. ”

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

“Lateral ankle sprains, or “twisted” ankles, are the most common sprains that occur in the ankle. The injury is a result of excess motion at the ankle and causes overstretching of the ligaments and possibly tearing. Normally these ligaments are taught and create stability at the ankle. This type of injury is a regular occurrence in sports that require running, jumping, and repetitive changes in direction.”

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Meniscal Tear

“The meniscus is a cartilaginous tissue that is found in the knee that stabilizes and disperses forces through the joint. There are two menisci found in the knee, one is on the medial (inside) part of the knee and the second is on the lateral (outside). Meniscal tears are a relatively common injury found in the knee and will cause the knee to malfunction.”

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Morton’s Neuroma

“Morton’s Neuroma is one cause of foot pain that occurs at the ball of the foot. It is due to inflammation of a nerve in the foot, typically between the 3rd and 4th toes. The inflammation comes from entrapment of the nerve under the heads of the metatarsal bones. ”

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Plantar Fasciitis

“The Plantar Fascia is a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel bone, the calcaneus, towards the base of the toes and is responsible for maintaining the longitudinal arch of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis can more commonly be referred to as heel pain or pain on the bottom of the foot. This injury is very common in middle-aged people as well as young people that are very active and on their feet constantly, such as athletes and soldiers. ”

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Shoulder Impingement

“The shoulder is composed of three bones: the arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The rotator cuff muscles stabilize this joint and can often be injured because of the amount of motion that takes place at the shoulder joint and the tight spaces that the muscles and tendons have to fit through. It is very often to see this injury in overhead athletes. The constant overhead activity causes these athletes to become much more vulnerable to this injury.”

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Sudden Death in Athletes

“Sudden death in athletics is something that no athlete, coach, teammate, or family member wants to deal with. Unknown heart defects are the number one reason why an athlete participating in sports may unexpectedly die during activity. It is possible for even the most well trained athletes to experience sudden death while playing their sport, the abnormalities tend to manifest during physical activity. Youth athletes are the common victims of this tragedy but veteran athletes and professionals have also been seen to experience these life-threatening problems.”

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Tennis Elbow

“Tennis elbow is the common term known for pain on the outside part of the upper forearm, the lateral epicondyle. This condition was named after the pain that many tennis players would experience after playing and hitting one-handed backhand shots repetitively. In the medical word tennis elbow is known as lateral epicondylitis, or simply inflammation to the lateral epicondyle.”

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