Sports injuries could most easily be defined as ‘injuries that occur while playing sport’ but is spraining your ankle putting your foot in a rabbit hole during a round of golf a sports injury?
An alternative definition could be an acute (recent) soft tissue injury associated with playing a particular sport – but is a tennis elbow caused through playing tennis any different to a tennis elbow caused through repetitive DIY jobs? The answer is ‘no’.
So what makes sports injuries special that they need their own specific category? Well nothing really but when we come to how we treat these injuries the rehabilitation is likely to need sports specific training to help patients return to their sport safely and without further problems.
Here at Ashbourne and Hilton Physio Centres we treat each and every injury as individual – no template of exercises for a particular condition – because we all start from a different point of fitness, all injuries are unique in themselves, and every patient has different outcomes they hope for as an end point to treatment whether that’s running a marathon, riding a horse, playing football with grandchildren or cycling the length of Britain.
Soft tissue injuries include:
- Muscle sprains
- Ligament strains
- Overuse injuries like tendinitis
They normally involve an overload of the tissues in some way beyond the capacity of that tissue. This overload can be a sudden overload situation like an awkward tackle which gives an ‘acute injury’ or, a ‘chronic’ condition which overloads the tissue in small increments over time like overstraining a tendon in tennis backhand leading to tennis elbow or an Achilles injury from running for longer in new running shoes or perhaps shoulder pain from repetitive cricket bowling in nets at the start of the season.
Gradually increased training load can increase the capacity of the tissue over time so it takes more load to cause injury.