Regardless of the precautions that one takes, getting injured in a sports-based activity is practically inevitable. Some injuries can result due to sheer accident while others may occur as a result of failure to wear the required protective gear, not stretching or working out the body prior to the engagement of a particular activity, or not being in the best physical shape. While sports injuries can be very broad in classification, some of the more common types of injuries experienced while participating in sports activities include, but are not limited to:
- Strains and sprains (injuries to ligaments)
- ACL tears
- Swelling and bruising
- Dislocated body parts
Sports injuries can be further sub-divided into acute and chronic injuries. Acute injuries are experienced while in the process of exercising or participating in a sports activity. Examples of acute injuries include sprains, fractures, severe pain, swelling, and weakness of the arm or leg. In contrast to acute injuries, chronic injuries can take place after an extended period of time engaging in a particular sport or exercise activity. Some examples of chronic sports injuries include pain being experienced while playing a sport or exercising, swelling, or dull aches when resting. More severe injuries that can take place include ACL tears, injury to the achilles tendon, and damage to the ligaments and cartilage.
In the event of an injury, make it a point not to engage in any sports-related activity or exercise as chances are you run the risk of worsening the pain if you play or work through it. Rather consider resting and applying an ice pack when applicable. Gradually rehabilitate your body through exercises. Should the injury be more serious and severe in nature, where it becomes difficult to place your weight on the injured body part or the injury results in severe pain, swelling or numbness, make it a point to schedule an appointment with us.