5 Sports That Really Take A Toll On the Knees Of Athletes


There are many different sports that can be very hard on your body. Some sports can be harder on different parts of your body than others.

If you have chronic knee problems or if you want to avoid developing chronic knee problems, there are a few sports that you might want to avoid. There are a few sports that will really take a toll on your knees.

#1 Skiing

Alpine and cross-country skiing are very exhilarating sports. According to Livestrong, it is this exhilaration that can mask the pain that you feel in your knees.

Hours after skiing, after the excitement has worn off, the knee pain can kick in.

There are several things that can contribute to knee pain after a day of skiing. Some of these include poor technique, overuse of the muscles, fatigue, and improper equipment.

If you find that while you are skiing, you are hyperextending your knees more than your should or twisting them, you can be sure that you are going to have some serious knee pain a few hours after your day on the slopes.

Another reason that you could have knee pain after skiing is that you are tightening your muscles up too much. This is what ski instructors call the no vs. go syndrome.

When you are about to go down a hill, it is an automatic reaction to tighten up muscles. Doing this several times each day can be really hard on your knees.

#2 Basketball

When you are playing basketball, you are basically running around for the entire game. When you get the ball to take a shot, you will set yourself up into a position that can result in jumper’s knee. You don’t even need to be a jumper to develop this condition.

The technical name for it is patellar tendinitis. It is an inflammation of the patellar tendon and is caused by overuse. This can occur when you make explosive jump movements.

The most common symptom of this condition is pain and swelling below the kneecap, pain that gets worse when you sit down or straighten your leg, and the pain can increase with physical activity.

This is a very common condition in basketball players, which makes this sport on of the hardest on your knees.

#3 Tennis

When you are in the middle of a tennis match, you are running back and forth and the only thing that you are thinking about is hitting the ball over the net.

What you may not notice until after the game is that your knee really hurts. According to Livestrong, the constant back and forth, the lunges, and the quick turns mean that your knees are being turned, twisted, and pounded on throughout the entire game.

According to the Sports Injury Clinic, the most common knee injuries caused by tennis are jumper’s knee and bursitis of the knee.

This is caused by overextending your knee during the game. Over time, after years of putting strain on the knee joints, you can also develop arthritis.

This is a permanent problem that can cause knee pain, stiffness, swelling, and a reduced range of motion. Tennis can be very hard on the knees, regardless of how careful you are.

#4 Soccer

Running up and down the soccer field can put a great deal of strain on your knees.

When you add the motions that you use when you kick and the awkward angles that you will usually find yourself kicking from, it can result in knee problems.

Soccer can cause serious knee problems, such as a torn ACL, a torn meniscus, and a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament, because while playing soccer, you are constantly changing direction.

You mind wants you to turn around quickly, unfortunately, your knees can turn as quickly as you mind, and it can result in serious injuries.

Each of these injuries can result in severe pain, joint instability, swelling, and difficulty straightening your knee. In most cases, these injuries require surgery, which can take you out of the game for a while.

#5 Golf

This may sound strange, but golf can be very hard on your knees. It is not the running and physical activity that can hurt your knees, it is actually your golf swing.

When you swing your club, you are exerting a force on your knees that is 4.5 times your body weight and it happens very quickly.

According to a recent study, it would be less stressful on your knees if you were to run the 18 holes of golf rather than to play them.

Since golf is a relatively sedate sport, where there is no contact and you drive around in a golf cart, chances are you would pin your knee pain on something else that you did that day rather than your golf game.

If you do find that you are in pain after a day of golf, you should start wearing wide track rubber soled shoes with spikes.

This will keep you from slipping. Also, you should look into buying the new high tech golf clubs which are made to increase the speed of your swing and reduce the shock and force on your knees.

Bottom Line

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows that there is always a chance of injury. There are some knees that can be more dangerous on others in different parts of the body.

If you enjoy any of the sports listed above, you should know how to protect yourself.

You should also be aware of the pain when you are participating in any of these sports so that you know when you have had enough.

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