The Five Most Common Sports Injuries

Sports Injury Risks and Compensation

Given the popularity of sports, the potential risks that come with participating in them do not seem too far-fetched.

Statistics reported by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) demonstrate the rise in injuries sustained whilst participating in sports, with 388,500 sports injury cases treated in 2012. This number has increased annually, as more and more people are taking part in sports to improve their health.

From volleyball and wrestling to cheerleading and snowboarding, the list of sports causing a higher number of minor and severe sports injuries is non-exhaustive. Sports injuries could occur in many places like gymnasiums, tennis courts, beaches and many more.

More often than not, sports injuries are caused by someone else’s negligent behaviour or failure to act. In this case, the personal injury may have been completely unpredictable, which is when the right to claim sports injury compensation arises.

Here’s our list of the five most common sports injuries:

1. Sprained Ankles and Foot Injuries

Ankle and foot injuries are the most common injuries to be sustained in sports, caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration, speedily changing direction or sprinting over uneven ground. Normally, ankle pain is caused when the ankle is twisted, rotated or rolled further than it should have been.  With many different types of ankle injuries having the ability to detrimentally affect lives and everyday tasks, ankle injuries can range from £10,450 to £53,000. These are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (13th edition) and it is important to note that depending on your situation, you may fall outside of these amounts.

2. Back Pain

Up to 20% of all injuries that occur when playing sports involve an injury to the lower back or neck, according to Spine Health. A lower back injury usually occurs during athletic activity and tends to cause strain of the ligaments, muscles, and/or damage to tendons in the back through over-stretching the muscles. Normally, repetitive overuse of the structures of the spine provokes back strain and sciatica-like symptoms, which are usually relieved by back pain relief exercises and sports physiotherapy.

3. Fractures and Breaks

An estimated 80,000 to 85,000 fractures occur due to Sporting activities in the UK annually, according to the UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention. Bone injuries and stress fractures that occur when partaking in sports activities are usually brought on by repetitive movements or a heavy impact during the activity. Depending on the severity, this type of injury could prevent people from attending work, resulting in a potential loss of earnings. Making a compensation claim for an accident such as this and that was caused by someone else’s behaviour, could help relieve any financial stresses that were brought on due to the accident.

4. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Each year in the UK, about five in every 1,000 people go to see their GP about tennis elbow, as stated by the NHS. This is not including those that do not report the injury, as many don’t and sports players often assume that it will go away on its own. Tennis elbow is caused by a strain in your forearm and is usually the result of a sports injury; hence its name. Although it is easily treatable through a variety of physiotherapy exercises, the sports injury is easy to sustain and can cause great pain and suffering when it happens.


5. Knee Injuries

The knee is the most common joint to be affected in sporting accidents, according to GOV.UK. Numerous high-intensity sports that work the lower limbs such as football and rugby have a higher risk of sustaining knee joint pain, other knee problems and ligament injury. This is prevalent with contact games where an injury can be suffered as a result of negligence or a deliberate action made on the part of someone else. In this case, you may be able to claim knee injury compensation.


Forms of knee pain treatment involve exercises such as step-ups, partial squats, side-lying leg lifts and many more.

Other Injuries

Almost any part of the body can be injured, including muscles, joints, bones, and limbs that are not included in the list above. Cute Injury and its partners are experienced in assisting those who want to claim compensation for sports injuries that were caused by the negligent behaviour of another, including head injuries, arm injuries, leg injuries and many more.

How Cute Injury Can Help

If you have suffered a sports injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. For more information about your case and the claim process, get in touch with Cute Injury today to receive expert, friendly and free advice.

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