Often when weight lifting is mentioned many think it's for those who wish to look a certain way be a certain size, bulging biceps and bouncing pecs.
Although some lift for this reason, strength training is so much more, and in the context of sport not only improve your performance but prevent and rehabilitate injuries.
The American College of Sports Medicine comments on injury prevention below:
"The physiological adaptations seen consequent to resistance training on bone, connective tissue and muscle does imply enhanced protection against injury for individuals who participate in such a training program". - ACSM