Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices (overtraining), or improper sports equipment can cause problems and some people get hurt because they are not in great shape. Not preparing for exercise by failing to warm-up or stretch enough can also lead to injuries.
Sport injuries can affect almost any part of the body including the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). Sprains and strains are the most common type of presenting pains. A sprain occurs when a ligament (attached from bone to bone to stabilise a joint) are stretched or torn. A strain tends to refer to a damaged muscle.
Symptoms are often pain which tends to be the initial problem associated with swelling, bruising and tenderness around joint or muscle affected. This can be associated with difficulty moving the affected area.
Repetitive loading and heavy use can cause specific overload injuries:
Low Back pain
For chronic problems, management of training techniques and reducing loading alongside a cross training regime can help for chronic problems
For acute problems:
The POLICE principle is a simple method to try after acute injury For example, a shoulder injury may require the use of a sling initially, and a knee ligament injury may require a brace during the initial healing phases.
Our Chartered Physiotherapists can help diagnose your symptoms and have you back on the road to recovery in no time
Sports Injury Explained