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Athletes’ injuries possibly preventable

By Josh Carney
Published: April 2011
Injuries of all kinds have affected student athletes at South throughout this academic year.
Athletes who are becoming focused primarily on a single sport are becoming injury prone. These athletes stress the same muscles daily without exercising their other muscles, which results in those muscles being overworked.
Due to this, student-athletes suffer repetitive stress injuries with an above-average frequency.
“When kids focus soley on one thing, they become injury prone,” Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. When looking at specific sports and the repetitive injuries that result, it is difficult for one to tell which sport has the most students with repetitive injuries,.
However, according to Perrin, worst is Girls’ Soccer. “Girls’ Soccer has had issues with knee injuries over the years,” he said.
When athletes play sports that require extreme stress of a specific bone or muscle, the consequences can be severe. “Knee tears are perfect examples of this,” Perrin said.
With soccer stressing legs and knees, it is clear that repetitive stress is the reason as to why many athletes have, and currently are, struggling with the health of their knees.
The main cause of many of these injuries is that athletes are stressing their bodies by over-excising certain muscles, while leaving others weak and injury prone. “Yes it’s all about repetitive stress on a kid’s body. You wear out the same parts of your body over and over again without building up other parts,” Perrin said.
When being able to operate from a healthy position, it is easier to have a better performance throughout the competition or training session.
One idea that would decrease how injury prone certain areas of a student-athlete’s body is having the athlete play additional sports or train in order to exercise muscles that lack strength.
This would allow muscles that have not been excessively exercised the opportunity to build, while still maintaining the strength of muscles that are stressed through other sports.
“We promote and advocate for kids to play different sports, but if the student only plays one, we support that student as we would any other in our department,” Perrin said.
The idea of playing multiple sports that stress different muscles and bones throughout the body is positive for an athlete’s performance. Eventually the athlete’s endurance will build, thus increasing the athletic ability for the athlete’s primary sport.
The Athletic department encourages students to play several other sports for additional reasons, other then to prevent injuries.
When exploring different sports to play based on the athlete’s preference, he or she might want to be able to play a sport that increases their athleticism and skill in their primary sport. For example, a Basketball player that would like to increase his or her endurance and vertical jump may want to play Volleyball.
In order to prevent repetitive stress injuries an athlete should play other sports to exercise muscles that are not used as frequently as others. By exercising muscles that are not used as frequently, an athlete may make him or herself less injury prone.

By Joshua CarneyInjuries of all kinds have affected student athletes at South throughout this academic year.Athletes who are becoming focused primarily on a single sport are becoming injury prone. These athletes stress the same muscles daily without exercising their other muscles, which results in those muscles being overworked.Due to this, student-athletes suffer repetitive stress injuries with an above-average frequency.“When kids focus soley on one thing, they become injury prone,” Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. When looking at specific sports and the repetitive injuries that result, it is difficult for one to tell which sport has the most students with repetitive injuries,.However, according to Perrin, worst is Girls’ Soccer. “Girls’ Soccer has had issues with knee injuries over the years,” he said.When athletes play sports that require extreme stress of a specific bone or muscle, the consequences can be severe. “Knee tears are perfect examples of this,” Perrin said.With soccer stressing legs and knees, it is clear that repetitive stress is the reason as to why many athletes have, and currently are, struggling with the health of their knees.  The main cause of many of these injuries is that athletes are stressing their bodies by over-excising certain muscles, while leaving others weak and injury prone. “Yes it’s all about repetitive stress on a kid’s body. You wear out the same parts of your body over and over again without building up other parts,” Perrin said.When being able to operate from a healthy position, it is easier to have a better performance throughout the competition or training session.One idea that would decrease how injury prone certain areas of a student-athlete’s body is having the athlete play additional sports or train in order to exercise muscles that lack strength.This would allow muscles that have not been excessively exercised the opportunity to build, while still maintaining the strength of muscles that are stressed through other sports.“We promote and advocate for kids to play different sports, but if the student only plays one, we support that student as we would any other in our department,” Perrin said.The idea of playing multiple sports that stress different muscles and bones throughout the body is positive for an athlete’s performance. Eventually the athlete’s endurance will build, thus increasing the athletic ability for the athlete’s primary sport.The Athletic department encourages students to play several other sports for additional reasons, other then to prevent injuries.When exploring different sports to play based on the athlete’s preference, he or she might want to be able to play a sport that increases their athleticism and skill in their primary sport. For example, a Basketball player that would like to increase his or her endurance and vertical jump may want to play Volleyball.In order to prevent repetitive stress injuries an athlete should play other sports to exercise muscles that are not used as frequently as others. By exercising muscles that are not used as frequently, an athlete may make him or herself less injury prone.

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