Playing sports is a great way to stay in shape, but sports may also be dangerous if you sustain injuries that are not properly treated. As an athlete, it is important to understand the different types of injuries that are a risk as well as the ways to treat them. Here is a glance at the most common injuries on the field to help you stay safe.
The ligaments in the knee can be overstretched and even torn in sports involving frequent jumping, hard landings, and rapidly changing direction on your feet. When this occurs, you may feel a sharp pain or instability in the knee that may be accompanied by a popping sound. Treatment will involve plenty of rest and rebuilding the muscles in the legs to support the joint. In some cases surgery is needed to repair the torn ligament.
Bone fractures can range in severity from minor hairline fractures to compound open fractures that take surgery and rehabilitation to repair. Open fractures are easy to identify, but stress fractures, which are common in long-distance runners, may not be immediately diagnosed as fractures. Therefore, athletes need to be careful to listen to pain in the body and rest when they need to.
Even among professional athletes, concussions are a serious concern. Any head injury should be thoroughly evaluated to check if there is a concussion. Players should be cautious in returning to practice, as concussions can cause lingering symptoms that last long after the injury occurred.
The repetitive actions and intense practices of athletes can cause stress in the muscles that results in pain, stiffness, and swelling. Muscle strains usually heal naturally after plenty of rest, but they should be seen by a doctor to ensure that a fracture or sprain is not the true source of symptoms.
For the care you need to stay on top of your performance as an athlete, connect with the Sports Medicine Center at Largo Medical Center. You can explore our services online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse FREE physician referral line at (727) 470-6826.