Sports Injuries can affect any athlete, whether amateur or professional. In fact, they are likely to affect most athletes at some point in their sporting careers. A sports injury may affect any area of the body, and will depend on the nature of the sport played. Sports injuries fall into two broad categories, traumatic or overuse. A Chartered Physiotherapist is an expert in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries.
Such an injury may occur as the result of a direct trauma, such as a collision with another player, a fall or a blow from a piece of equipment such as a hurl or hockey stick. A traumatic injury may result in bleeding/bruising, fracture, ligament or muscle tears etc. A traumatic injury will require acute care but also follow-up treatment, depending on severity.
Overuse injuries may develop over time and come as the result of certain repetitive motions associated with sport. An example of an overuse injury would be a baseball player developing a rotatory cuff injury. The management of an overuse injury will include sport-specific advice to prevent recurrence of the injury.