Sports Injuries FAQs

Sports play a central role in the lives of men and women across the United States. Whether you play on a pick-up team in your neighborhood or on a college or professional team, chances are one day you will get injured. Siatta B. Dunbar, DO, CAQSM, specializes in sports medicine at her practice in Burnsville, Minnesota. Book an appointment by giving us a call today.


What are the most common types of sports injuries?

The adult human body is made up of numerous complex, interconnected biological systems — including more than 200 bones and 600 skeletal muscles. It’s no wonder that when athletes play sports or exercise, accidents and injuries can and do happen. The most common sports injuries are:

Ankle injuries, especially sprains and fractures Knee ligament injuries and fractures Hamstring strains Rotator cuff injuries Tendinitis Broken bones 


What is an overuse injury?

You’ve probably heard about the health risks related to living a sedentary lifestyle. Activity or exercise strengthens our bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles through a process called remodeling, which involves a continuous cycle of breaking down and building up of tissue. When this process becomes imbalanced and more tissue breakdown takes place than tissue buildup, an overuse injury occurs.

Overuse injuries do not happen suddenly…..if left untreated, overuse injuries can turn into chronic conditions, where the tendon thickens, begins to deteriorate and is prone to tearing. Common overuse injuries are tendinitis and stress fractures. If left untreated, overuse injuries can turn into chronic conditions like tendinosis or chronic tendinopathy, where the tendon deteriorates and starts to grow irregularly.


What’s the difference between a sprain and a strain?

Sprains and strains are both painful and involve stretching and tearing, but they affect different parts of the body.


Sprains happen in ligaments, the tissues that connect two bones to your joints. A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries.


Strains affect muscles or tendons, the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Common strains occur in the lower back and in the hamstring, the muscle in the back of your thigh.

If you have experienced a sports injury, make an appointment with Dr. Dunbar at her practice in Burnsville, Minnesota, right away. Her expertise in sports medicine and her patient-centered approach will get you on the path to recovery in no time. Book an appointment by giving us a call today.

Author Dr. Siatta Dunbar

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