Common Athlete Injuries

Common Athlete Injuries

Giuliana Carmosino

What do you think are the most common athlete injuries?


In the sports world, there is a load of injuries that an athlete can experience. There are also loads of sports in the world. You can get injured from doing anything from soccer and football or cheer and dance. My question was, what are the common athlete injuries for each sport and can you be more prone to an injury just because you play a certain sport? Let’s take a look at some of the common injuries for each sport, and possibly how we can stop these injuries


Injuries may be seen as the most common byproduct of participating in sports, however, these injuries that occur in children could be seen as very preventable. Johns Hopkins Medicine recommends that parents encourage their children to open up about pain and about if something is bothering them, in order to truly try and fix any of these injury issues before they progress into something much worse. Another huge aspect of helping prevent injuries is emphasizing safety in practice. Safe Kids USA states that about 62% of athlete’s injuries occur during practices. Children, parents, and coaches should be emphasizing and practicing safety precautions at both games AND practice. Now let’s talk about what the main injuries are for each sport, in order to look out for the signs of these different injuries. 


Baseball injuries mostly affect the shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles. A lot of these injuries start off small and then progressively get worse over time. Some of the top injuries include…

  • SLAP tear
  • Sprained shoulder
  • Torn labrum
  • UCL injury
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Elbow inflammation
  • ACL, MCL & PCL injuries
  • Head injuries



The most common basketball injuries include things such as…

  • Jammed fingers
  • Sprained ankles
  • Knee injuries
  • Foot fractures




Football injuries are mainly caused by hard body to body contact or overuse of the body. The most common sites of injury include…

  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Shoulders
  • Fingers 
  • Head




If injured in running it can very easily turn into a very painful experience. Running injuries occur mainly in the lower half of the body, however, runners may experience back pain as well. The common running injuries may include…

  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • IT band problems
  • Exertional compartment syndrome



Lower body injuries are the most common in soccer. These injuries can be very traumatic. The most common injuries include…

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • ACL sprains
  • Cartilage tears
  • Fractures
  • Shin splints
  • Tendinitis
  • Groin calf and thigh strains
  • Concussions 

Now these are just a few sports injuries out of hundreds of sports that there are in this world. It can be very important to understand the signs and symptoms of the different injuries that can happen in each of these sports. A very big thing is to practice safety in both games and in practices every day, in order to keep these players safe and injury free.