Unfortunately, they can come with the risk of injuries. Netball and soccer are some of Australia’s most popular team sports and rely on rapid acceleration and sudden changes in direction. It is important to understand injury prevention and management to address these types of injuries including sprains and strains.
One of the most common sports injuries is a sprained ankle. This can happen when you twist your ankle whilst landing after a jump or rapid change in direction. To prevent this type of injury work on ankle mobility, strength, and jumping/hopping/change of direction drills.
Wearing suitable footwear such as proper netball shoes can help as well. And of course, perform a detailed warm-up before playing any sport.
Another common sports injury in winter is a concussion. This can happen when you fall and hit your head and can be a life-threatening injury if not addressed effectively. Symptoms of a concussion can include headaches, dizziness and confusion. To manage a concussion seek medical advice, rest, monitor and avoid any further activities that could worsen the injury.
To avoid injury practice strength, coordination and flexibility exercises, especially focusing on muscles around the knees, ankles and feet.
If it has been a few years since you have played or you are starting a new sport it is smart to have an assessment before beginning training to identify any potential weaknesses or problems to prevent injuries before they occur.
If you have any questions or would like a musculoskeletal assessment please call the practice or book online to help you aim to be injury free this winter.