Sports and exercise are vital to staying healthy and fit. Paradoxically, however, the physical demands of playing a sport or starting a new exercise regimen can put one’s health at risk. Advanced athletes, in particular are constantly pushing their bodies to perform, often leading to sports-related injuries. Depending on the type of sport, injuries affect different parts of the body and can range from mild to severe. They can occur from overuse, trauma, failure to stretch or lack of appropriate sports equipment. Many types of musculoskeletal injuries arise in connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, but they can also occur in bones and nerves. Common sports injuries include sprains, strains, tendonitis, dislocated joints, knee injuries, elbow injuries, fractures and pinched nerves. Athletes who engage in contact sports are also at risk for whiplash, an injury that occurs when the neck is quickly and forcefully pushed forwards or backwards.