Injuries during sport

Healthy and risky "Sport keeps you healthy!" Some say, "Sport is murder!" find the others. It is scientifically uncontested that physical activity can maintain and promote good health. But every athlete carries a certain risk of hurting himself. More than 40 million people practice sports regularly in Germany, it is estimated.

Injuries during sport

Healthy and risky

"Sport keeps you healthy!" Some say, "Sport is murder!" find the others. It is scientifically uncontested that physical activity can maintain and promote good health. But every athlete carries a certain risk of hurting himself. More than 40 million people practice sports regularly in Germany, it is estimated. More than half of them are organized in clubs. Every year, around 1.5 million people injure their sport.

How likely is it that a human injured in sports? Which sports are particularly dangerous? And what are the most common injuries?

Competitive men

In competition, injuries are twice as likely as in training. It is interesting to note that the risk of injury to men in sports that both sexes are equal to almost twice as high as for women. The risk of injury around the age of 20 is particularly high.

Most accidents occur in recreational sports, but athletes carry a much higher risk of injury. Thus, 70 percent of the members of ski national teams have a major knee surgery behind them.

Rolling and flying balls

The most common sports injuries occur in football, followed by handball and volleyball. However, one must take into account that football is the sport most frequently run in Germany, and that unorganized athletes are not included here.

The statistics of a major sports clinic over the age of 25 show a somewhat different picture: King Football is also ahead, followed by accidents in skiing, handball, tennis and volleyball. Women have a different pattern compared to men, with handball, volleyball and gymnastics topping the charts, followed by gymnastics and football. Equitation is relatively far ahead.

Bruises and strains

The major injuries in sport are bruises and strains, fractures and dislocations (e.g., of the shoulder joint), and muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries (e.g., Achilles tendon rupture). Most often it hits the legs and feet, then arms and hands, head and torso.

Typical sports injuries are the cruciate ligament tear when playing football, the forearm fracture when inline skating, but also overload damage such as the tennis elbow. Deaths are very rare in sports. The risk of succumbing to cardiovascular disease while exercising is much higher.

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    Crazy sports

    Mud football, swamp snorkeling, office chair races, mobile phone throwing - curiosities from the world of sport!

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    mud Football

    If normal football is too boring, you can switch from the grass to the mud. When Sumpffußball the players are sometimes up to his knees in the mud.

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    Falling in the swamp is allowed...

    ... or even a must. There is then a 25-meter-long giant sauna to sweat out of the pores after the game sticking on all body part swamp again.

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    Meanwhile, the dirty sport...

    ... not only popular with men, so there is even a separate world championship with mixed teams.

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    Sumpfootball was originally...

    ... as the ultimate condition test for Finnish skiers and soldiers. Because shooting and running really cost strength.

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    Office chair race

    As one should say once again, office stallions are unsportsmanlike - at the German championship in the office chair race participants race down a mountain.

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    On fast rolls...

    ... it goes down a nearly 200 meters long, sloping road. To get more speed, the racers are only allowed to use their hands and feet.

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    Office chair race

    ... is an absolute hit. There are no rules on how to sit on the chairs: but apparently the prone position should be a good racing position - but you can also get to your destination seated.

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    Mobile Phone Throwing

    At the annual Mobile World Throwing Championship in Finland, athletes try to throw their mobile devices as far as possible. The record is 94.97 meters. The origin of the competition should be rage about failing mobile phones.

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    bog Snorkelling

    Forget shot put, rowing and pole vaulting - swamp snorkeling is still a marginal group sport. But we see Olympic potential. In Wales, about 100 participants meet each year to make sure the fens are equipped with fins and snorkels. Swamp snorkeling is a real challenge...

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    Not only the smell and the temperature of the mud holes...

    ... are anything but pleasant - Swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes fall over the athletes as soon as they get out of the mud bath again. The best fairing does not help!

PECH for unlucky people

For the initial care of sports injuries, the BAD LUCKScheme proven:

  • PAuse: The injured body part should be kept quiet.
  • eis: placing an ice bag on the injured area for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Compression: The compression bandage is intended to compress the injured tissue just enough so that no further blood or tissue fluid can escape into the surrounding tissue. But do not wrap too tight!
  • HStorage: The injured body part should be stored higher than the heart.

Trot loose

The most important measure, however, is prevention: Before exercising one should always warm up, e.g. by loose trotting, even in summery temperatures. Then some stretching exercises should follow. During exercise: Wear protective clothing! Cycling or skating without a helmet are taboo. Keep these points in mind and avoid unnecessary risks. Then sport is by no means murder, but what he should be for a recreational athlete: a healthy pleasure!


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