Athletes of all levels love to compete and perform. If you’re an athlete who’s been hurt, then you know the importance of recovering quickly so you can return to doing what you love. Some sports injuries can be unavoidable, but you can take measures to prevent others from happening.
By learning more about the most common sports injuries, you can possibly keep them from happening to you.
What are common ways that athletes get hurt?
Depending on the kind of sports you participate in, you may be at risk for one or more of these kinds of injuries:
- Ankle injuries — Just about any athlete who spends a lot of time running is at risk for an ankle injury. If you roll your ankle or if you twist it, you can strain or tear its connective tissue.
- Concussion — In sports with lots of contacts, like football, you are at risk for a concussion. A concussion occurs when your brain crashes against the inside of your skull due to sudden impact.
- Pulled muscles — Overusing your muscles, especially muscles that are tired after a long period of performance can cause them to stretch or tear. This is common in different areas of your legs due to the constant running, jumping and switching back and forth that a lot of sports require.
- Shin splints — Running for long periods of time can cause the muscles and connective tissue around your shin to become inflamed.
- Knee injuries — A sudden twisting of the knee or bending of it in the wrong direction can cause a sprain or tear to the ligaments in your knee. ACL tears are one of most common knee injuries in athletes.
- Tennis elbow — Known officially as tendinitis, tennis elbow occurs when the muscles and connective tissue around your elbow become inflamed from overuse. Other joints in your body can be affected by tendinitis as well.
Treating sports injuries with physical therapy
Even if you are fit, train a lot, warm up and stretch properly, you can still get hurt. If you’re an athlete who’s been injured, talk with the physical therapists at Armor Physical Therapy about developing a treatment plan for you. We can help you regain your strength and mobility and come back fitter than before to prevent future injuries.
We also offer training services to help athletes grow more fit and coordinated. Even if you haven’t been injured, you can benefit from physical therapy training.
If you’re ready to start your treatment, then contact us today to schedule your first appointment.