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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:

  • Athletes
    • 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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