Sports Injuries
Your Questions Answered
by James H. Johnson
October 2021, 158pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7563-2
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7564-9
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Sports injuries are very common: research indicates that 3.5 million children and teens are injured each year while playing an organized sport or participating in a physical activity.

This book explores how to recognize, treat, and prevent sports injuries and offers guidance on which sports and training techniques are most likely to lead to injury.

Engaging in sports has numerous health benefits, but it’s an unfortunate reality that it can also lead to injury. Some sports, such as football and cheerleading, are particularly notorious for causing harm to young athletes. Specializing in a particular sport or going too hard too fast can also lead to injury. But which injuries are most likely to occur, and how should they be treated in both the short- and long-term? When should an injured athelete consider surgery? When is it safe to get back in the game?

Books in Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series follow a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrate key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. Each book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Simple Q&A format makes the subject approachable and accessible to readers, allowing them to find specific information quickly and easily
  • Offers readers practical information about how to prevent and treat a wide variety of sports injuries
  • Guide to Health Literacy section helps readers improve their research and critical thinking skills
  • Case studies provide real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book
  • Common Myths section dispels popular misconceptions surrounding sports injuries and points readers toward accurate information
James Johnson, PhD, is professor emeritus of Smith College in Northampton, MA. He is the co-author of Applied Sports Medicine for Coaches, along with a number of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally on sports medicine, specifically on how to train athletes to achieve while reducing the incidence of injury. He has worked as an athletic trainer and a coach, and he has been a professor of exercise science for 52 years. He is one of the originators of the award-winning coaching education programs at Smith College.

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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