teens > Sports Center > Sports Injuries
     

Sports Injuries

Dealing With Sports Injuries
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.

Dehydration
Your body is about two thirds water. When the water level dips below that level, you could be dehydrated. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.

Testicular Injuries
Serious testicular injuries are relatively uncommon, but testicular injury can be painful. Read this to find out what steps you can take to protect yourself from injury.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an overuse injury that can cause knee pain in teens, especially during growth spurts. Learn more.

Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries happen when too much stress is placed on a part of the body, causing problems like swelling, pain, muscle strain, and tissue damage.

Female Athlete Triad
Female athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl's period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).

Knee Injuries
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.

Compulsive Exercise
Compulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Lots of people don't know when they've crossed the line from healthy activity to unhealthy addiction. Read about ways to tell.

Athlete's Foot
Although the name athlete's foot sounds funny, if you have this skin infection, you're probably not laughing. The good news is that it is generally easy to treat.

Jock Itch
Jock itch is a pretty common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. It is generally easy to treat - and avoid - by following a few simple steps.

Concussions
In a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden - but usually temporary - disruption in a person's ability to function properly and feel well.

Hernias
A hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. Learning to prevent hernias isn't hard to do - check out these tips.

Fainting
Fainting is pretty common in teens. The good news is that most of the time it's not a sign of something serious.

Bursitis
Bursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.

Jumper's Knee
Jumper's knee is an inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon. Although it can seem minor, it's actually a serious condition that can get worse over time and ultimately require surgery if not treated.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
ACL injuries - which are common in active and athletic people - happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
MCL injuries - which are common in active and athletic teens - happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, causing a torn ligament.

Runner's Knee
Runner's knee is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.

Ankle Sprains
A sprained ankle is a very common injury that happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. Find out how to avoid ankle sprains and what to do if you get one.

Stress Fractures
It's not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.

Achilles Tendonitis
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it - and prevent it.

Burner (Stinger)
Burners - also called stingers - usually happen in the neck or shoulder. They take their name from the burning or stinging sensation they cause. Find out how to treat burners - and prevent them.

Hamstring Strain
A hamstring strain happens when one or more of the muscles in the back of the leg gets stretched too far and starts to tear. Find out how to treat hamstring strains in this article for teens.

Meniscus Tears
The key to healing meniscus tears is not to get back into play too quickly. Find out what meniscus tears are and how to treat them.

Plantar Fasciitis
The most obvious symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp pain on the bottom of the foot, near the heel. Find out how to tell if it's plantar fascitiis and what you can do in this article for teens.

Groin Strain
A groin strain is a tear of one or more of the muscles that help you squeeze your legs together. Find out what to do for groin strains - and why it's important not to go back to sports or other activities too quickly.

Hip Pointer
Most hip pointer injuries can be easily treated and heal in their own time. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

What to Expect When Your Cast Comes Off
You probably can't wait to get back to your normal activities, but it takes a while for a limb that's been in a cast to finish healing. Here's what to expect.

Clavicle Fracture
A clavicle fracture, also known as a broken collarbone, is one of the most common types of broken bones. Find out how they can happen - and how to treat and avoid them.

Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome
This growth-related injury is more common in teens who play sports that require a lot of running or jumping. Find out why it happens - and what you can do to avoid and treat it.

Quadriceps Contusion
Quadriceps contusions are common in sports that have a lot of direct contact or a chance of collisions or wipeouts. Find out what to do if you get one - and how to avoid them.

Casts and Splints
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.

Corneal Abrasions
A corneal abrasion happens when something cuts, scratches, or scrapes the cornea (the clear tissue covering the eye). Most will heal in a couple of days.

Medial Epicondylitis
Medial epicondylitis is an overuse injury that affects the tendons in the elbow. It's rarely serious, but it does need rest and treatment or it will get worse. Find out what to do.

Proximal Biceps Tendonitis
In teens, biceps tendonitis is usually an overuse injury that causes tendons in the upper arm to be swollen or irritated. Most cases heal on their own if you follow a few guidelines from your doctor.