Prevention through prediction of injury

If you can predict what injury you may succumb to then you can take active steps to prepare to avoid that injury as much as possible.

On the basis of the understanding of stress described here and other points raised elsewhere on this website it is possible to draw together a list of risk factors for injury at a particular location in your body;

i) history of a previous injury at that location
ii) previous injury below, above or parallel
iii) change in routine – the more sudden and continuous the higher the risk
iv) poor posture
v) repetition
vi) poor equipment
vii) decreased recovery time, for example undertaking the activity in the evenings and weekends as well as during the day.
viii) undertaking a movement that is known to be particularly stressful for example walking down stairs puts the knee under much more stress than walking on a flat surface.

ix) undertaking a movement that has previously caused you some pain.

x) repeating behaviour that previously led to an injury.

xi) a sudden increase in the intensity of an activity.

xii) anatomical risk factors that increase the amount of stress e.g. high or low arched feet increase the risk of lower limb injury.

The more of these factors that are in operation then the higher the likelihood of an injury. Most of the factors also apply to acute injury. In my experience the second injury to a body part is worse than the first injury.