Many sports injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and bicep tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries. For instance, ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (Achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves. The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit, tend to recover quickly and easily from their injuries.