Common Problems: Sports Injuries
Updated: Feb 22, 2021
Sport is a vital part of the Australian lifestyle -- it promotes good health, stress relief and is fun. Sometimes injuries may occur through sport.
What goes wrong
Most sporting injuries are a result of a direct blow (bruise or contusion) or an indirect force like a twist (sprains, strains, tears) Some injuries are due to over use stress (tendinopathies, stress fractures)
How can you minimize Injury?
Correct warm up and warm down procedures
Protective strapping or bracing
Correct footwear and sporting equipment
Specific conditioning for your particular sport
Good aerobic fitness
Good muscle control and reactions
Getting back into action
Before you can safely return to your sport it is essential to regain strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination. Your Physiotherapist will assess these areas and show you how to improve them.
How Physiotherapy can help
Physiotherapists are highly trained in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries. As they have comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue injury and healing, many Physiotherapists are appointed to sports teams to monitor the rehabilitation of injured players and assist with preventing injuries.
What should I do after an injury?
As soon as possible, and for 72 hours after injury, use the RICE method:
Rest -- Take it easy and only move within your limit of pain
Ice -- As soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain and reduces secondary tissue damage.
Compression -- Firmly bandage the injury. This helps to control swelling.
Elevation -- As much as possible, elevate your injury higher than the level or your heart to reduce swelling.
See your physio especially if there is pain and swelling after 24 hours.
Recovery can start very early after an injury. Physiotherapy rehabilitation techniques will help reduce the time that your injury is painful, and movement is restricted, so that you can safely return to sport faster. Rehabilitation also facilitates a good quality repair and the return of normal muscle and nerve function.
Avoid any of the HARM factors in the first 48hrs to prevent increased swelling and help your recovery.
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