Sports injuries is a blanket term to describe many types of injuries due to overtraining, lack of conditioning and improper technique. Physical therapy can help.
We have all heard the term Sports Injuries.
It’s often used as a blanket description to explain a myriad of common injuries that generally occur from participating in sports or physical activity. But what exactly falls under the category of a sports injury and who does it most frequently affect? According to Stats Canada,
“35% of injuries occurred during participation in some type of sports or exercise [of that percentage] 66% [happen to] young people, 29% to working-age adults, and about 9% to seniors.”
Sports Injury Facts
- Sports injuries occur from overtraining but they can also occur from not warming up, lack of conditioning prior to starting a sport or exercise program, and improper technique or form when completing a task or exercise.
- Sports injuries can result in muscle, ligament or tendon strains, sprains, and tears.
- In more serious cases it can result in broken bones or a traumatic brain injury.
- In the case of seniors, everyday activities like household chores (27%) and walking (28%) account for over half of their injuries. (Stats Canada)
- Most common injured body parts of young people are their feet and ankles (Stats Canada)
- Injuries involving shoulders, elbows and arms are common for seniors (Stats Canada)
Sports Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of a sports injury depend on the type of injury you have sustained. Because of this, it is not possible to list all the types of symptoms you may encounter. The most common sites for strained or pulled muscles:
- Lower Back
*In the case of a torn or strained muscle you will experience swelling, weakness, pain and difficulty using the muscle.
Most common types of sports injuries include:
- Knee Injury: torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) or Runner’s Knee.
- Shin Splints
- Stress Fracture
- Sprained Ankle
- Tennis Elbow
- Low Back Pain
- Rotator cuff strains/tears
- Hip Pain (bursitis)
- Achilles Tendonitis
Treatment for Sports Injuries
At Bourassa & Associates, our university trained physical therapists can run specific tests and examinations to determine the cause of your sports injury. Once the cause is determined, a treatment plan directly related to the individual condition (injury) will be designed to help you return to optimal function and wellness.
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Don’t let a sports injury stop you from engaging in activities you love. Physical therapy can reduce your pain symptoms and help you to get back on track to your daily activities or training schedule. At Bourassa & Associates, you can get started right away, no doctor’s referral needed. Book an assessment online or contact our location nearest you to book your appointment via telephone.
Let us use our 30 years of experience to help you relieve your sports injury symptoms today!