What are some types of sports injuries?
‘Sports injuries’ are injuries that happen when playing sports or during exercise. Most commonly they are accidental; however other injuries can result from poor training/playing quality or improper gear. Poor conditioning can also play a role in increase chance of injury. Listed are some of the more common sporting injuries.
- Sprains (Ligament tears) and strains (Muscle or Tendon tears)
- Contusions or ‘corks’
- Sore or achy muscles
- Stiff or painful joints
What is ‘Acute’ versus a ‘Chronic’ injury?
Acute injuries happen suddenly during sports or exercising. They are painful and can cause a player to cease activity when they occur. Signs of an acute injury include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Not being able to move an limb or joint
- Swelling and/or bruising (bruising can often be delayed)
- Inability to weight bear on affected limb or joint
- Visible deformity such as bone protrusion or joint misalignment
Chronic injuries have an insidious onset, typically 6 or more weeks. They occur in response to repetitive breakdown or tissue damage, poor biomechanics or previously un-rehabilitated injuries. Signs of chronic injury include:
- Pain which goes away with activity
- Pain which worsens with activity
- Pain which persists after activity
- Dull aches and pains at rest
- Recurring pins and needles or numbness
How do I treat a sports injury?
Know the difference between being sore and being injured. Never try to ‘run off’ or ‘work through’ and injury – it will not get better. Most acute injuries are treated with R.I.C.E (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) in the first 2-3 days. Also a dose of non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) will help pain management and swelling, if advised by your GP. It is then recommended to see a professional who can assess and treat any underlying issues. If an injury is severe, call an ambulance or go to hospital. Rehabilitation is an important part of treatment, step by step getting you back onto the field, court, pool or course.
How Can I Prevent a Sport Injury?
- Proper warm ups and cool downs
- Allow enough time for proper recovery
- Wear all the required protective equipment
- Eat enough food to fuel your athletic demands
- Achieve a sufficient level of conditioning/fitness
- Advance progressively
- Avoid running on hard or uneven surfaces, or in poorly lit areas
- Know your body’s limits
What can Remedial and Sports Massage do to help or prevent Sports Injuries
Always check the credentials of your massage professional. Make sure they are licenced, and accredited to perform remedial massage. A good way to tell whether you’re seeing a professional is if they hold Health Insurance provider status. At Mobilise, all our massage therapists are fully qualified and insured, meaning you will only get the best treatments from us. Some benefits of Remedial Massage for sports injuries include:
- Faster recovery from competition or training
- Increased flexibility
- Correct assessment of the injury, and targeted treatment
- A long, hands-on treatment (we don’t just put machines on you and leave you alone!)
- A comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plan
- With regular maintenance, the likelihood of chronic injury lessens, as your therapist will “nip them in the bud” and ensure you’re able to participate in whatever your chosen sport is.
Book a Mobilise Myotherapist or a Remedial Massage Therapist today, and address any acute or chronic sports injuries you may have!