A risk for injury always accompanies participation in sports. Collision sports such as football or hockey have a high rate of injury. But sports injuries are still common in low-impact sports such as basketball and soccer. Children are at a higher risk for sports injuries since their bodies are still developing compared to an adult, but anybody who plays sports might sustain an injury.
Have you or your child injured yourself while playing sports? If so, sports injury treatment is a type of physical therapy that can help you get back in the game.
The most common sports injuries
There are numerous different kinds of injuries that might occur while playing sports. But some of them are far more common than others. Learning about the different types of injuries can help you understand why proper sports injury treatment is important to help the body heal faster. Here are four common sports injuries:
- Concussion — This type of injury is more common in collision sports, but it can occur in low-impact sports if players accidently collide into each other and hit their head. A concussion occurs after an impact to the head shakes the brain. Some symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, confusion, headache and a loss of balance.
- Dislocation — If a bone slips out of a joint, then a dislocation has occurred. You can dislocate any joint in the body, but the most common are the knee, hip, ankle or shoulder joints. A dislocated joint usually happens upon a sudden impact, like taking a hard fall.
- ACL tear— A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is a common sports injury. This injury is especially common among basketball, soccer and football players, and usually occurs while jumping or aggressively pivoting, which can lead to an overextension of the knee joint. An ACL tear is immediately painful and can be severe.
- Achilles tendon injuries — Another commonly affected area for athletes is the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to your heel. Aggravating it with repeated exercise or stress can lead to tendinitis, which causes discomfort and swelling around the heel. A rupture can also occur during sports, when the tendon is torn leading to immediate pain and difficulty with walking.
Armor Physical Therapy is ready to get you back on the field
If you’re an athlete, nothing is more frustrating than injuring yourself while playing. Our team of experts at Armor Physical Therapy is ready to help you get back in the game. We are prepared to effectively treat your sports injury. Our physical therapists can build you a personalized treatment plan designed to manage your injury and help speed up your recovery.
Contact our team today for more information about sports injury treatment, or to schedule an initial appointment.