Managing Sport Injuries

One of the most recognised ways to keep fit and healthy is to exercise regularly. Any form of exercise is beneficial depending on our fitness levels and our ages. Walking and jogging are some of the best exercises for almost any age group. However, a great way to keep our bones in an optimum state is to take up a sport.

Unfortunately, no matter how much we take care, there will be occasions when we receive a sports injury that requires treatment from a medical doctor or a physiotherapist. What are sports injuries? These injuries happen to athletes or sportsmen during their games or training routines. They can also occur because of the overuse of the body. These injuries do not necessarily happen immediately. They can build up after several years of overuse. Some examples are tennis elbow and 'runners' knee.

The contact sports such as rugby, boxing and wrestling are the cause of many injuries. However, the 'gentler' sports are just as likely to be a source of serious sports injuries.

Furthermore, an injury can happen by twisting an ankle whilst taking a leisurely walk. When any sporting injury occurs, the best and quickest way for it to heal is to have the extent of the injury diagnosed by a physiotherapist.

Physiotherapists are trained to analyse whether an injury is severe or only slightly debilitating for the patient. Sport injuries are generally categorised as hard tissue or soft tissue injury. Luckily, the majority of sports injuries are diagnosed as soft tissue injuries. These are injuries to joints and muscles. This also includes tendons and ligaments. A sprained ankle, a bruised arm and a torn hamstring would come under this classification.

Conversely, a hard tissue injury is a bone injury such as a broken leg or a broken wrist. These are the more serious types of types of injuries that require immediate attention.

When sports injuries occur, the quickest way to get back on track is to consult a physiotherapist as soon as possible. A physiotherapist assists patients to maintain their previous physical abilities as soon as possible. They are fully trained regarding how our bodies move. At the same time, they diagnose why our bodies are unable to move. When this happens, they know how to re-establish movement with treatment or rehabilitative treatment and exercises.

Those who experience the pain of any injuries and who consult a physiotherapist, will have a far better chance of recovery. They will also be advised regarding any limitations and an appropriate action plan will be put in place to help restore, wherever possible, their earlier physical abilities.

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