Sprains and Strains (cont.)
Risk Factors for Sprains and Strains
Anyone can get a sprain or strain, however some people may be at higher risk, including the following people:
- Jumping sports (for example, basketball, volleyball) carry a higher risk of foot, knee, and ankle strains and sprains.
- Gymnastics, tennis, golf carry higher a risk of hand, wrist, and elbow strains and sprains.
- Contact sports (for example, hockey, football) carry a higher risk of sprains and strains of any type.
- Endurance sports (for example, running, triathlon) carry a higher risk of strains from overuse.
- Those with a history of prior sprains or strains
- People who are overweight
- People who are starting physical activity or exercise programs for the first time
- People with neurologic problems or balance disorders may be at higher risk for strain and sprain injuries from falling.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2015
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