After a sedentary work week, sliding into home plate or a round of 18-holes can take its toll, possibly even causing a variety of common sports injuries. The seven most common sports injuries are:
Sometimes sport related injuries are beyond our control, but they are often preventable. Prevention can be as simple as beginning your workout or sport with a gentle warm-up.
Warming up increases blood flow to the muscles and makes you more flexible. In addition, training prior to an activity you don't do on a normal basis can be vital to preventing an injury. Whether it's hiking, running, skiing or another sport, be sure to work the relevant muscle groups in the weeks leading up to the activity. Also, learn to recognize your body's limitations. Muscle fatigue takes away all your protective mechanisms and really increases your risk of all injuries. You can always come back out to play next weekend. Treating the most common sports injuries using PRICE method:
In the unfortunate event that you do experience a sports related injury, the good news is that they are typically mild or moderate, allowing you to treat them at home. You can limit swelling and promote quicker healing by using the following PRICE method:
The Smith Clinic has spent years working with different sports injuries, helping train individuals on how to prevent injuries going forward. Our licensed physical therapists can customize an exercise and sports injury prevention program, recognizing the weaknesses of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly.
If you have a new or old sports injury, our therapists can tailor a treatment program to promote wellness and minimize the chance of re-injury. Call us today to learn more!