10 Sports Injuries That May Lead to Long-Term Problems | Health Plus

10 Sports Injuries that may Lead to Long-term Problems

Fracture: Repeated injuries to the same bone, or a fracture that occurs near or through a joint, increases your risk of arthritis or permanent stiffness in the future.

Stress fracture: If not properly managed, it could lead to larger, harder-to-heal stress fractures, chronic problems where the fracture does not heal, constant discomfort and limited mobility.

Hamstring strain: It could lead to repeated hamstring injuries, and limited mobility and flexibility.

Ankle sprain: It could increase your risk of repeated sprains in the same spot, ankle instability or ligament tears that require surgery.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury: If not properly treated, it could lead to repeated injuries, repeated surgery and a weakened knee.

Dislocated kneecap: It could increase your chances of repeated dislocation, and lead to chronic pain and limited mobility.

Meniscus tear: It could lead to joint degeneration and limited mobility.

Shoulder dislocation: If not properly treated, it could increase your risk of repeated dislocation and shoulder instability.

Tennis elbow: If not properly treated, it could lead to chronic nerve damage.

Advice for athletes

  1. In between training sessions, set aside rest days so your muscles can recover.
  2. Adopt safe practices while training and exercising.
  3. Consult an orthopaedic specialist who can advise you on injury recovery plans to prevent future consequences.


Infographic reviewed by Dr Tan Ken Jin, orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital