Protect Yourself From Sport’s Injuries

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Sports injuries are common but they are avoidable if you take proper precautions. The most common injuries and how you can avoid those injuries is something every athlete should be aware of.

The most common type of injuries associated with sports medicine are muscle pulls, neck strain and pain, frozen shoulder injury, strained lower back injury, tennis elbow, runners knee, shin splints, sprained or twisted ankle, Achilles heel injury and foot arch pain and strain. What all of these injuries have in common is that they can occur because of over straining the muscles during a non-contact work out. In other words, athletes are not suffering the greatest sports injuries from football or other contact sports as much as they are suffering injuries from improperly working out, or overusing the same muscle groups when they are participating in a sporting event.

Sports medicine injuries don’t discriminate based on age or gender either. Young athletes in good overall health are just as likely to suffer from any of these common injures as older athletes since the injury is generally brought on by over use and then further compounded by improper healing and re-use. Continue reading

Pediatric Orthopedics And Sports Injuries

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One of the biggest issues in the field of pediatric orthopedics today is the alarming number of sports-related injuries among children. While some of these injuries are an unavoidable part of playing contact sports, the majority of them can actually be prevented. One type of injury is acute, meaning it is the result of a single event. This type is a natural occurrence in sports, especially when they involve full contact with other players. Examples include shoulder dislocation, ankle sprain, or leg fracture. The best way to avoid acute injuries is through proper training and technique in whichever sport the child is playing. The other type of injury is called overuse.

Overuse injuries occur over time when a child participates in sports too much. When children play a variety of sports during different times of year, overuse injuries are less likely. This is because these children put strain on different muscles, bones, and joints with each sport that they play, so no single area is being overworked. Unfortunately, more and more children are concentrating on one sport all year long, leading to more overuse injuries. One reason that a child may devote so much time to one activity may be excessive pressure from parents to become a star athlete. Some parents even begin training their child in one sport when he or she is only six months old. In their efforts to decrease the number of sports-related injuries, many pediatric orthopedic doctors are trying to educate parents, coaches, and athletes about overuse. Continue reading