What do Tim Tebow, John Wall, Venus Williams, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Martina Navratilova, Joe Montana, Mookie Betts, and Babe Ruth all have in common (other than they play sports)?
They’ve all hit a wall...literally.
Fortunately, most athletes recover from direct impact into a wall. In many cases, however, athletes have to leave a game or be carried off the field due to the severity of their injuries.
What Happens When an Athlete Hits a Wall
Most athletes are unaware of the lasting impact hitting a wall has on their body. What’s even worse, is that many athletes do not give their body time to properly heal as they downplay the event.
Although concussions are generally the main target of these discussions, a direct collision with a wall can also hurt other areas of your body such as the neck, spine, knees, toes, joints, and muscles.
Simply put, if you run into a wall, the wall usually wins.
Hitting a wall in a gym or stadium is very similar to sitting in the front seat during a car crash without an airbag. Your body has the same reflex, and your body parts suffer injuries in the same way.
● Brain trauma: The brain can become detached from the inner skull (a.k.a, a concussion). The skull can fracture. Many fractures go untreated because the injury may be small enough not to notice at first.
● Vertebrae and cartilage: Another blow to the body in a wall impact is the crushing of vertebrae or cartilage in the spinal column. These injuries are generally felt right away but can take forever to heal, even with aggressive surgery.
● Sprains/strains: Sprains occur when a joint overextends and causes damage to a ligament. If the foot is the first body part to hit the wall, a sprain is almost inevitable. If the athlete tries to stop the impact with their arms or hands, a sprain can occur in the fingers, wrists, or upper arms.
● Whiplash: Cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries, commonly referred to as whiplash, is a sprain/strain injury which occurs when the neck or spine is violently jerked due to the impact with a wall. The spinal ligaments, tendons or muscles can overextend and lead to tissue damage.
Sports Wall Pads Reduce the Physical Trauma From a Wall Collision
Numerous studies have shown that running into a wall pad greatly reduces the chances of suffering from severe injuries associated with a wall collision.
Wall pads are reinforced with polyurethane foam. This sponge-like substance absorbs energy and keeps the athlete from making contact with the concrete wall. The body is less likely to feel the stress of collision.
Thus, the risk of injury is much lower.
Wall Field Pads Protects Competitors From Wall Injuries
Wall Field Pads specially design sports walls pads to protect athletes during practice or competition. You can customize your wall pads to fit any wall size or dimension. You can also place the pads on the floor or at the ends of your bleachers - anywhere where the chance of impact is high.
To find out more about our safety products, call us at 800-257-6406, or message us on our contact page.