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Sports Injuries

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;

  • Bone;
  • Articular cartilage;
  • Joint,
  • Ligament;
  • Muscle;
  • Tendon;
  • Bursa;
  • Nerve;  and
  • Skin

(Brukner & Kahn; 2009)

Injuries that occur suddenly and are caused by a mechanism can be defined as “acute”.
Common acute sporting injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains;
  • ACL ligament tear / ruptures;
  • Meniscal tears;
  • Calf, hamstring, adductor and quadricep strains / tears / cramps;
  • Achilles Strains;
  • Tendon injuries to ankles, knees and hips;
  • Fractures
  • Bone bruising
  • Dislocations & Subluxations;
  • Joint sprains to shoulders, knees, ankles and fingers;
  • Haematomas / corkies
  • Spinal injuries;
  • Knee fat pad impingement
  • Fractured metacarpals
  • Skier’s thumb
  • Traumatic bursitis
  • Compartment syndrome
  • 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:

  • Stress fractures
  • Patellar tracking issues
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Tibialis posterior overuse syndrome
  • Osgood Schlatter’s
  • Knee MCL or LCL sprain
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Synovitis
  • 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.