Sports injuries are injuries caused while playing sports. The injuries can vary in severity, from a sprained ankle to a dislocated shoulder or even a complete rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Sports injuries are often caused from overuse and over training, such as runner’s knee or tennis elbow, when a player pushes the body to the limit. Sports injuries can also occur due to under training or poor training practices or not wearing the correct training equipment. Failure to stretch and warm up before playing sports can also lead to injuries as the body is not prepared for exercise.
Physical therapists often see sports injuries while they are in the acute phase, during the first 48 to 72 hours. Initially sports injuries should be treated with the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). The sports injury should then be assessed by a physical therapist that will accurately diagnose and treat the injury. An injury is a setback and is disruptive to normal training routines, so having your injury looked at immediately is important.
To ensure a full and speedy recovery, if you injure yourself playing a sport don’t continue to play. Instead, use the RICE method mentioned above and make an appointment with your Advantage PT physical therapist. Most injuries will resolve with some physical therapy treatment, or in some scenarios the injured player may need to be referred to a sports physician to have some scanning or further evaluation done.