Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the Most Common Fitness and Sports-Related Injuries?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most commonly experienced injuries involved with running, fitness, and other recreational sports activities include:

  • Sprains of ligaments
  • Strains of muscles and tendons
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Shin splints
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

For repetitive-motion athletes such as tennis players, baseball pitchers, and golfers, Physical Therapy can help.. Traditionally, these athletes execute pre-swing, swing, and follow through gestures thereby similar biomechanical actions or movement patterns are utilized during these activities. They constantly go through the same gesture repeatedly during their games. The body structures are under constant and recurring stress, which can lead to overuse injuries.

What Treatments Are Used for These Types of Injuries?

Physical Therapists are educated on injured tissues and  structures of the body and how they function. First, the therapist conducts a physical  examination  to determine the extent and severity of the injury. During the initial examination, the therapist will usually ask questions to determine how the injury happened as well. Then, based on the initial examination findings, the therapist will design and implement a treatment plan utilizingEvidence Based Practice (EBP) interventions. The patient’s condition and progress is monitored on an ongoing basis by recording objective measurements. Moreover, the therapist utilizes Outcome Measures  specifically designed in the profession for each type of injury and area of body. During a Physical Therapy encounter, the patient will perform guided strengthening, stretching and range motion exercises specifically tailor to each patient’s needs. These exercise program helps manage discomfort and speed healing. Gradually, the patient will regain pre-injury level function and performance.

What Can I do to Prevent a Fitness or Sports Injury?

The foremost cause of these types of injuries is failure to warm up appropriately. Overuse throughout training can be linked to warm up shortcomings. This can cause ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries. One of the best prevention techniques is properly warming up. This will help the soft tissues of the body get ready for vigorous activity. Avoiding overexertion is also imperative. If you have faced an injury and are attempting to get back to your earlier level of activity, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists.