4 Most Common Winter Sport Injuries

Injuries have a major, but often preventable, impact on the health of people of all ages. It is the largest cause of death for those aged under 35, and leaves many with serious disability or long-term conditions. Osteopathy Australia reminds that most of the common winter sports injuries can be treated by your local osteopath with a combination of traditional methods and modern scientific philosophies.

According to Osteopathy Australia, the four most common winter sports injuries patients address with include:

  • Neck and back strains
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries
  • Hip and pelvic injuries such as osteitis pubis (overuse injury characterised by tissue damage and inflammation to the pelvis at the site where the two pubic bones join, resulting in groin pain)
  • Knee, leg and ankle injuries

Injury facts:

  • Hamstring and groin injuries invariably involve low back or pelvic restriction and imbalances
  • Knee pain is often related to poor foot and ankle mechanics, thigh muscle tension and hip dysfunction
  • Osteitis pubis is related to pelvic and lower limb strains
  • Shoulder injuries can be caused by tension in the ribs, neck, shoulder blade and upper back
  • Shin splints involve poor mechanics of both leg bones
  • Joint injections and pain killers may only mask the problem. Unless you deal directly with the cause of your problem, further injury and joint degeneration can result

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Did you know?

  • According to Sports Medicine Australia snowboarding is still one of the most popular sports with an estimated participant growth rate of 20 per cent per year which exceeds that of other snow sports. The rate of injury for snowboarding is four injuries per 1000 days.
  • In 2010–11, there were 472,000 hospitalisations due to injury, or 5 per cent of all hospitalisations. Given that some injuries result in more than one stay in hospital, it is estimated that these stays involved just over 438,000 people.
  • Falls (40 per cent), other unintentional injury (33 per cent) and transport accidents (12 per cent) were the three main causes of injury. Other unintentional injury covers a broad range of causes, including exposure to electric currents, contact with venomous animals and plants, and being caught or jammed between objects.