Sports injuries are the major culprits ruining the weekend activities of many sporting and exercise enthusiasts. Joint injuries, strains, sprains and tendon injuries can leave even the hardiest of competitors on the sidelines. We have all heard that prevention is better than cure, but often competitors don’t have any warning signs before the onset of an injury, especially if they feel they have followed the guidelines of their training regimes, nutritional advice etc.
Sporting injuries are generally classified according to the type of tissue that is involved. These classifications include;
(Brukner & Kahn; 2009)
Injuries that occur suddenly and are caused by a mechanism can be defined as “acute”.
Common acute sporting injuries include:
ACL ligament tear / ruptures;
Calf, hamstring, adductor and quadricep strains / tears / cramps;
Tendon injuries to ankles, knees and hips;
Dislocations & Subluxations;
Joint sprains to shoulders, knees, ankles and fingers;
Haematomas / corkies
Knee fat pad impingement
Neuropraxia / nerve injury
(Brukner & Khan; 2009)
Injuries or conditions that can develop over a period of time that may begin as a mild niggle and worsen with severity and movement impairment are referred to as “ overuse injuries”. Some of the common injuries and conditions include:
Patellar tracking issues
Tibialis posterior overuse syndrome
Knee MCL or LCL sprain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tendinopathies of the achilles, elbow, knee, gluteals, shoulder & wrist
Bursitis or the shoulder knee, elbow and hip
Nerve entrapment / neural tension
Blister / callus
(Brukner & Khan; 2009).
Sophie’s background in sport and understanding of how important it is in a participant’s mind give her an excellent grasp of the urgency clients feel about recovering from these injuries efficiently. Her understanding of the body and following the evidence-based protocols for rehabilitation and return to sport guidelines enables her to offer you a comprehensive management program.
If your sporting or muscular injuries are concerning you, give Sophie a call. She can offer some constructive advice on injury rehabilitation and prevention.