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Why Spring Sports Injuries Happen

Posted on April 1, 2024

Spring sports season is here, and with it an anticipated increase in injuries among athletes of all ages, according to an article in Henry Ford Health. Here’s why.

In the colder months of winter, most of us are not as active. Plus, the winter activities that we may enjoy—from skiing to going to the gym—don’t work the same muscles as our spring sports. Moves like kicks, throwing, and sprinting are not actions that most people do on a daily basis. So, with a sudden increase in activity and demand on our unconditioned muscles and joints, injuries can happen.

In spring, we’re also transitioning from hard indoor surfaces, such as basketball courts and gyms, to the spongier, uneven playing fields for soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, etc. Grass and turf also can be muddy or icy, increasing the risk of falls. 

The cold spring weather plays a role. It can take longer for muscles to warm up, causing sprains and strains from playing with cold muscles. This is especially common in sports with lulls in activity, such as in baseball and softball. Sprinters might find they experience hip pain from running full speed around the curve of a track. Rotator cuff injuries are common in baseball, softball, shot put, and javelin from throwing with force. Similarly, groin injuries occur from repeated long kicks in soccer and other sports.

Sometimes however, sports injuries are more than accidental. Injuries that are outside the norm could be the result of negligence. Poorly maintained fields could be unsafe, safety equipment could fail, and athletes could fall victim to mistreatment or misdiagnosis.

Getting funds for special needs and care can make all the difference between a life of hardship or one of support. Tom Duffy has obtained 8-figure verdicts for people who have suffered injuries in Philadelphia. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the details of a case involving athletic injury.