Anatomical risk factors

Anatomical risk factors

There are clear anatomical vulnerabilities to physical stress that serve as risk factors for injury. These can due to your body not being perfectly aligned due to genetic vulnerabilities such as the shape of your bones etc., or because tissues have been weakened through previous injury. For example, the individual who has a pes cavus shaped foot does not absorb the stress of walking as well as an individual with a more standard foot shape because they lack some of the rolling foot motion (pronation) that helps to absorb stress. A previous injury is also a risk factor because even though you may be symptom free the tissues may not have healed completely.

In the submenu pages I just mention my anatomical risk factors by way of example and because they are relatively common ones, but obviously yours may be different. I have 2 kinds of anatomical vulnerability (scoliosis and pes cavus) that can predispose to physical injury.

Psychological overuse injury anatomical risk factors

Under the heading of ‘sensitivity’ in the submenu pages for this section I examine an example of a  psychological vulnerability that can predispose to psychological injury or illness.