The Most Common Weekend Warrior Injuries

The Most Common Weekend Warrior Injuries

Being a weekend warrior means that you partake in a demanding physical activity over the weekends or part-time. It’s a wonderful way to stay active, improve your physical fitness, and enjoy a sport or other activity that you love.

Unfortunately, weekend warriors are also susceptible to injuries. Older age and a sedentary occupation can further heighten your risk for weekend warrior injuries, including:

Torn Rotator Cuffs

A torn rotator cuff occurs when the tendons that cover the upper arm bone tear, either due to a sudden impact, like a fall, or overuse. This injury is the most common in weekend warriors who participate in overhead sports, like swimming, tennis, and basketball. 

Lower Back Pain

Whether due to a strain, sprain, or spinal condition, like a herniated disc, lower back pain is a highly prevalent health concern. 

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury involving the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (called the Achilles tendon). This injury often develops in runners.  

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee involves pain and swelling around the patella at the front of the knee. It tends to develop from overuse, but a fall or blow to the knee can also trigger this injury. 

Shin Splints

Shin splints result from repeated stress on the shinbone and surrounding tissues. This injury is common in many different sports and activities, especially those that involve running or jumping. 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis causes a sharp pain in the bottom of the foot, near the heel. It develops when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that links the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. Weekend warriors who repetitively run and jump are the most likely to get plantar fasciitis.  

The experienced team at Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery is here to help you enjoy your passions while keeping injuries from slowing you down. Schedule an appointment today!