Sports are fun, relaxing and fulfilling and the health benefits of being active are well known. However, long term participants in any activity are likely to encounter setbacks and injuries from time to time. Factor in the musculoskeletal changes that accompany aging and you will see the importance of adopting a sustainable style of play early on in life.
Internal factors such as strength and flexibility combine with external factors including footwear, equipment, and playing surface to create an optimal environment for sports participation. When an athlete is able function within this sustainable range they will be able to enjoy their activity across a greater portion of the lifespan.