Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an Olympic athlete, everyone who participates in physical activity is susceptible to sustaining a sports injury. Here are some of the top sports injuries and how you can identify them.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are a result of damage done to the soft tissues in and around your joints. While the terms are often used interchangeably, these two joint injuries have several key differences when it comes to causes and symptoms.
A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of a ligament that is stretched or torn as a result of trauma. Symptoms of a sprain may include:
- Pain surrounding the affected joint
- Limited mobility
- A “popping” feeling/sound during the injury
A strain is the overstretching of a muscle or tendon as a result of trauma. Symptoms of a sprain may include:
- Muscle spasms
- Pain around the affected joint
- Limited range of motion
If you spend a lot of time working out, you’ve probably experienced the all-too-familiar intense muscle soreness at the beginning of the sporting season, after you’ve returned to training. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Symptoms of DOMS can range anywhere from dull muscle tenderness to debilitating pain. DOMS can also negatively affect athletic performance by causing a reduction in:
- range of motion,
- shock attenuation
- peak torque
Although DOMS is a very common sporting injury, it is unclear what exactly causes it to happen. This condition has been hypothesized to be caused by:
- lactic acid
- muscle spasms
- connective tissue damage
- muscle damage
- the enzyme efflux theories
It is important to note that further injury to your joints and muscles if you return to physical activity prematurely.
Because athletes are prone to experiencing injuries throughout their athletic career, they are also prone to developing long-term joint damage that will affect them later in life. Studies suggest that former athletes are more prone to suffering from joint damage, especially in their lower limbs, compared to the general population—which can be attributed to overuse.
Some common overuse injuries include:
- Stress fractures
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Swimmer’s shoulder (impingement syndrome)
- Runner’s knee (Chondromalacia)
Sports Medicine in Dallas.
Generally, when hurting yourself at the gym or during a sport, you would take time off from physical activity and slowly get back into it. At ReGen Medical Dallas, we utilize biomedical technology to speed up the body’s natural healing process—providing almost instantaneous results.
Through the usage of new high-powered acoustic wave procedures alongside laser therapy, we are able to speed up recovery times, effectively reduce pain, increased range of motion, and more. To learn more about how our technology can help to manage your pain or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (214) 855-7750.