Injuries to the spine are common while participating in various sports.
These injuries can occur in any part of the spine, and are the major cause
of sports-related back injuries. Other causes of these injuries include
trauma to the soft tissue and fascia which are an essential component
of the back structure. Injuries to the lower back or neck comprise up
to 20% of all sports injuries. The various types of sports-related back
Upper back injury: These injuries are usually caused by a rib fracture or intercostal muscle
strains, in sports like swimming, golf, tennis, skiing, and weight training
with rotation, all of which involve the torso. It is rare for these injuries
to be associated with spinal injury, owing to the relative immobility
and extra support to the thoracic spine.
Lower back injury: Being subjected to a large amount of strain in various sports, the lower
back is relatively more prone to sports-related injuries. These injuries
usually occur in sports like running, golf, weightlifting, etc., which
involve repetitive impact, twisting motions, or end of range-of-motion
Neck injury: Neck injury is commonly witnessed in contact sports like football, in
which the cervical spine is subjected to a great amount of stress, increasing
the chances of neck injury.
Completing a warm-up before all types of sports can help to decrease the
chances of back injuries. These warm-ups should be specific to the sport
being played and should include increased circulation through easy movements;
stretching exercises focusing on the lower and upper back, as well as
the hamstrings and quadriceps; and slow initiation of the sports movements.
If you are suffering from a sports-related back injury, you can seek help
sports-related experts at OrthoTexas. It is advisable to choose a sports medicine specialist with experience
in your particular sport. Someone with this kind of expertise can help
you to learn the correct form for a new sport or help to develop a proper
technique for your current sport, which can help to decrease the chances
of a future back injury.