6 of the Most Injury-Causing Amateur Sports

Life carries inherent risks. Even if you never left your house, given enough time, you’d sustain some sort of injury, no matter how minor. The key is to minimize risk while still enjoying life and living an active lifestyle.

Participation in sports is a great way to build skills, get exercise, and stay healthy. Still, some sports are riskier than others. The list below details some of the amateur sports with the highest injury rates in the U.S., based on data from sports medicine physicians and insurance adjustors. All of these can still be enjoyed; just be sure to take appropriate precautions.

Members Of Female High School Soccer Playing Match

Football

As America’s favorite full-contact sport, football has earned a dubious place among sports with the most injuries. Although concussions in football have gotten a lot of mention in the press lately, they are by no means the only type of injury suffered. Knee trauma, such as tears of the ligaments and meniscus, are not infrequent. Also, shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears are a common occurrence. As one might imagine, most of these injuries are sustained while tackling or being tackled by another player.

Cheerleading

This entry on the list might be surprising to some. Cheerleading is certainly not a violent sport, but it does involve heights and acrobatic feats. Plus, it’s extremely popular, so there are many participants and more chances for injuries to occur. In addition to concussions, cheerleaders most frequently sustain damage to the knees, ankles, and feet.

Soccer

Soccer matches can be intense, especially when emotions flare. Although certainly not as violent as hockey or boxing, soccer players sustain both intentional and accidental injuries. Not surprisingly, many of these are to the knee areas. Groin injuries are also seen with some frequency. Just like with football, soccer players should always wear the maximum amount of protective gear allowed.

Basketball

Basketball is not designed to be a contact sport, but accidents happen. Basketball players frequently collide on the court, which can result in injuries to both parties. Furthermore, the high jumps and trick shots can lead to trauma. The most common types of damage suffered by basket players are injuries to the feet, ankles, and knees.

Baseball/Softball

America’s pastime isn’t known for being a violent sport, with the exception of the occasional bench-clearing brawl among professional teams. Still, every year, thousands of amateur baseball players end up in sports medicine clinics with injuries from their chosen game. The vast majority of these injuries result from being hit by the ball. A baseball is a hard object, and, when pitched at over 90 mph, can be very unforgiving.

Boxing

Since the object of boxing is to actually hurt your opponent, it should be no surprise that boxing carries a high injury rate. While acute concussions and post-concussive syndrome, or “punch drunk,” are always a problem, boxers also suffer hematomas, abdominal injuries, and facial fractures. If one is going to engage in this sport, be sure to always be checked by a physician before and after a fight and wear a mouthguard and other protective equipment.

What to Look for in an Orthopedic Surgeon

Choosing an orthopedic surgeon is an important and sometimes difficult decision. Your particular medical issue, no matter how common, is unique to you. You’ll want to choose an orthopedic surgeon in Denver who is experienced, competent, and caring. Here are some great ideas on what to look for among orthopedic surgeons and some good places to start.

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Location

It may seem to go without saying, but the location of your orthopedic surgeon’s office is important. Of course, you’ll want to choose someone convenient to your home or place of work, but you also need to consider the location of the orthopedist’s affiliated hospital.

A surgeon must have privileges at a hospital before he or she can perform surgery there or admit patients. Make sure any orthopedic surgeon you’re considering is able to practice at the hospital or health system of your choice.

Experience

Everyone has to start somewhere, but you’ll want to pick an orthopedic surgeon who has years of experience, especially in dealing with your particular problem. Fortunately, an orthopedic surgery residency lasts several years, so any provider you choose will likely be experienced and comfortable with many disorders and procedures. If you have any doubts, simply ask your doctor about his or her background and training.

Expertise

Although all orthopedic surgeons are well-versed regarding the bones, muscles, and connective tissues of the body, some specialize in certain areas. Look for one who has expertise in your problem. For example, if you are dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome, you might seek out a hand specialist. A foot and ankle orthopedist could better help you with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Partners

While it is by no means crucial, you might want to consider an orthopedic surgeon who has other partners in their practice. There are several reasons for this. First of all, partners cover for each other, so if your regular orthopedist is out of town or otherwise unavailable, one of their partners can care for you and will have access to your medical information. Secondly, different areas of specialization often exist among the partners of a practice. This is extremely convenient if your orthopedist needs another opinion or wants you to be seen by a different orthopedic specialist. Instead of driving across town, you may only need to walk down the hall.

Tips for Finding an Orthopedic Surgeon

Now that you know what to look for, how should you go about finding the right orthopedic surgeon for you? Start by asking around. Your friends and family might have some great recommendations. Also, search on your health system’s website. It should have a listing of medical providers by specialty.

Once you have some good leads, do a bit more research. Check with your state medical board to be certain the orthopedist you have chosen has no sanctions on their record. View their practice’s website to see their area(s) of expertise and what conditions they treat. Finally, schedule an office appointment and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their education, background, and experience.