What is Sports Injury?
At Advanced Chiropractic Macroom, we have the specialist to diagnose the specific sports injury and the specific therapy to treat individual cases. The laser we use (Theralase) is the only cold laser with FDA approval for knee conditions and has demonstrated a 500% improvement in clinical efficacy over the nearest competitor. Soft tissue therapy, joint manipulation/mobilization, dry needling (acupuncture) are some other techniques we utilize to help get athletes healthy and back playing their sport again.
The term, sports injury, refers to the type of injuries that typically occur during exercise or sports. While some sport injuries are a direct cause of accidents, others are due to poor training, improper or broken equipment, mechanical dysfunction or lack of stretching or warm-up before participating in activities.
Area damaged During Sports
Almost any area of the body can be harmed during sports but most involve the musculo-skeletal system, including the bones, muscles and tissues. The most common types of sports injuries include dislocated joints, muscles strains and sprains, tears of the ligaments and tendons that support the joints, and fractured bones, such as the vertebrae.
Acute or Chronic Sports Injury
While some types of sports injuries only occur once or twice (an acute sports injury), others occur on a regular basis (a chronic sports injury). Acute injuries occur suddenly during an exercise or sports activity. They usually include more common injuries, such as a sprained ankle, fractured hand or strained back. Signs of an acute sports injury may include swelling, sudden pain, tenderness, weakness, visible break of a bone of dislocation or inability to move or place weight on a joint. A chronic sports injury is one caused by the overuse of a certain area of the body, muscle or joint. This can be caused by playing a sport for a long period of time. Signs of a chronic sports injury include swelling or dull ache or pain when at rest or while participating in activities.
Sports Injury in Children
Children are at risk because they are constantly growing and sometimes the bones grow ‘faster’ than the muscular system and certain stresses or strains can occur at these sites. They are sometimes unaware of safety procedures associated with the prevention of sports injuries. They also tend to over-exert themselves during physical activities. Adults are at risk because at times they don’t realize that they are not as flexible as they once were and injuries are caused from a lack of judgment.