By Kathy Mair
A multitude of situations can result in a sports-related injury. Being aware of the risk factors goes a long way in preventing them. Strengthening your muscles, getting proper rest and working at the proper pace are essential to staying healthy. A look at the causes of the most common sports injuries paints a clear picture of the main culprits behind them.
Overuse or repetitive movements may be the number-one cause of sports injuries. Runners, swimmers and tennis players are particularly susceptible to overuse injuries, including tennis elbow, tendinitis, shin splints and shoulder impingement.
Stops and Twists
Sports that incorporate quick stopping and twisting motions -- including basketball, gymnastics and soccer -- see a high number of knee and ankle injuries. Ankle sprains occur when an athlete rolls his foot and stretches the surrounding ligaments. The s