Increasingly, public health experts tell us that physical inactivity is dangerous, and that being routine will shorten our lifespan. But sports and outdoors pursuits are dangerous as well, carrying the risk of injury that could -- ironically -- force a return to that sedentary lifestyle. What's a health-conscious person to do?
Well, a good place to start is having a basic knowledge of sports medicine. More accurately called "sports and exercise medicine," this is the subspecialty that deals with the injuries of professional and amateur athletes, fitness enthusiasts, outdoorsmen and women, and the like. While sports-medicine doctors tend to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of existing injuries, the field has a lot to say about the prevention of harm overall.
If you're interested in sports medicine, we've got a quiz that'll test your knowledge of it -- and, hopefully, teach you a thing or two. Here, you'll learn about sprain and strains, joints and ligaments, concussions and contusions. You'll be tested on the different kinds of bones and joints, as well as what types of injuries befall which kind of athletes.
Are you ready? Good luck! Here, we'd also like to thank WebMD, whose article on the seven most common kinds of sports injuries was very helpful, (among other sources), and is recommended to anyone who wants to stay safe on the field or at the gym.