Sports injuries occur to athletes participating in sporting events. In many cases, these types of injuries are due to the over use of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity. For example, runner’s knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow. Other types of injuries can be caused by a hard contact with an object. This can often cause a broken bone, torn ligament or tendon.
Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries. Traumatic injuries account for most injuries in contact sports because of the dynamic and high collision nature of these sports. These injuries range from bruises and muscle strains, to fractures and head injuries.
A bruise or contusion is damage to small blood vessels which causes bleeding within the tissues. A muscle strain is a small tear of muscle fibers and a ligament sprain is a small tear of ligament tissue. The body’s response to these sports injuries is the same in the initial five day period immediately following the traumatic incident – inflammation.
Sports injuries can be treated and managed by using the P.R.I.C.E.S DR. ABC
P – Protect R – Rest I – Ice C – Compression E – Elevation S – Stabilize
After the appropriate medical management, if suggested by an Orthopedic specialist, the patient should continue with physiotherapy until optimum recovery and rehabilitation has been achieved. Our team is dedicated to achieving these goals in order for you to Get On Track.