One of the best ways to remain active and to keep healthy is to participate in a variety of your favorite sporting activities.

At the same time, as we get older the idea of practice and training becomes less and less exciting – if it ever was to begin with – and instead we try and jump out on the pitch or compete against other athletes as “ice cold” and as out of shape as possible.

This is a sure fire way to invite all kinds of significant injury, and every year millions of people all over the world are diagnosed with sports related conditions that can be quite debilitating and require the use of painkillers. Some sports injuries can be so severe that the participants have to give up their sport – at least temporarily – or manage their pain with prescription painkillers.

Here are just a few of the most common types of sports related injuries that impact people all over the world every single year!

Sprains and strains

Easily the most common of all the different types of sports related injuries out there, these are the kinds of injuries that most athletes are going to come down with at one point or another in their career (even if they are in fantastic shape to begin with).

A sprain is an issue where a ligament tears or is over exerted and overstretched, and they usually aren’t all that debilitating though they can be quite painful until they heal.

A strain is also called a pulled muscle and involves when the actual fibers within that specific muscle are stretched way too far or tear apart, and are also usually quite mild and can heal on their own without surgery.

Knee injuries of all shapes and sizes

Millions and millions of people all over the world have to fight through knee injuries, most of them quite mild but some of them incredibly severe that sideline athletes for a year or longer.

Mild knee injuries include those that sprain or strain the ligaments in the knee area, whereas severe knee injuries can involve damage to the cartilage, ligaments, or the actual knee itself – and that’s when recovery becomes a lot longer (and the pain much more significant).

Fractures

Also known as a broken bone, fractures happen most often when an athlete collides with another athlete or an obstacle on the pitch or the playing surface. These are incredibly painful situations and most always require a doctor’s attention and possible surgical intervention to be sure that the bone heals completely and perfectly later down the line.