In general, the more contact in a sport, the greater the risk of a traumatic injury. However, most injuries in young athletes are due to overuse. The most frequent types of sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments) strains (injuries to muscles), and stress fractures (injuries to bones). The most common cause of a sports injury is the failure to warm-up sufficiently before.

Pilates is widely known to help in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.