Abrasions are fairy commonplace, and may be caused by anything from a fall to rubbing your skin against a wall. Kids are more susceptible, based on heightened physical activity, and the fact that they have skin that is more sensitive. In adults, abrasions are linked to active sports; baseball, rugby, soccer; giving testament to its prevalence in sports personalities. The key word here is friction. Any activity that involves potential for friction to exposed skin can cause an abrasion.
When the skin gets rubbed against a surface, it discolors, bruises, and, occasionally bleeds.
The causes are a bit too many to exhaust, so perhaps the more obvious ones will suffice. Many people still have no idea how to differentiate between a simple abrasion, an avulsion, and a laceration. You may have slipped, had an awkward fall, and scraped your hands on the ground while trying to break the fall-which is perhaps the most simplistic definition of an abrasion. This may be applicable in an accident setting, in sports, and overall play. It is important to note that everyone has, at some point, been victim of an abrasion, by any of the following causes
- Running, jumping, and overall kid’s play.
- Professional sports; soccer, basketball, rugby, etc
- Accidents in their entirety
- Construction work
- Impact sports like boxing, wrestling.
Soft, sensitive skin is especially susceptible to abrasions, and can be affected by even the slightest physical contact. The more severe the abrasion, the more painful it is. Such is also the case when it comes to scarring. Second and third degree abrasions are more likely to leave a long-term scar, while those of a milder variety tend not to leave a mark.