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Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre Ltd.

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Sports Injury Clinics - Horsham and East Grinstead

Physical injury can be defined as any stress on the body that prevents the organism from functioning properly and results in the body employing a process of repair. A sports injury can be further defined as any kind of injury, pain or physical damage that occurs as a result of sport, exercise, strains, fractures and contusions.

Although the term sports injury can be used to define any trauma sustained as a result of sport and exercise, it usually describes injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system. More serious injuries such as head, neck and spinal code trauma, are usually considered separate to common sports injuries like sprains, strains, fractures and contusions.

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Acute and chronic sports injuries

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Regardless of where the injuries occur within the body, or the seriousness of the injury, sports injuries are commonly classified in one of two ways: acute or chronic.

Acute Sports Injuries - These refer to sports injuries that occur in an instant. Common examples of acute sports injuries are bone fracture, muscle and tendon strains, ligament sprains and contusions. Acute sports injuries usually result in pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness and the inability to use or place weight on the injured area.

Chronic Sports Injuries - These refer to sports injuries that occur over an extended period of time and are sometimes called overuse injuries. Common examples of chronic sports injuries are tendonitis, bursitis and stress fractures. Chronic sports injuries, like acute injuries, also result in pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness and the inability to use or place weight on the injured area.



Classification of sports injuries

According to their severity, sports injuries are graded into one of three classifications: mild, moderate or severe.

Mild sports injury - A mild sports injury will result in minimal pain and swelling. It will not adversely affect sporting performance. The affected area is neither tender to touch nor deformed in any way.

Moderate sports injury - A moderate sports injury will result in some pain and swelling. It will have a limiting affect on sporting performance and the affected area will be mildly tender to touch. Some discolouration at the injury site may be present.

Severe sports injury - A severe sports injury will result in increased pain and swelling. It will not only affect sporting performance but will also affect normal daily activities. The injury site is usually very tender to touch, and discolouration and deformity are common



Sprain and strain sports injuries

The term sprain refers to an injury of the ligament, as opposed to strain, which refers to an injury of the muscle or tendon. Injuries to the ligaments, muscles and tendon are usually divided into three categories viz first, second or third–degree sprains and strains.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease - Osgood-Schlatter Disease is most commonly characterised by pain in the big tibial tubercle after activities like kneeling or repeated jumping. SD arises from a strong pull of the quadriceps muscle on the tibial tubercle during a child’s growth spurt. This normally occurs around the ages of 9 – 16 years old. This strong pull occurs in sports that require a quick, strong contraction of the quadriceps, like in soccer, martial arts, and basketball.

Management –

  • RICER regime (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral)
  • Assessing for biomechanical factors that may cause OSD by sports physiotherapists to prevent recurrence of pain and to maximise the child’s performance in their sport
  • Kinesio taping, soft tissue mobilisation, Trigger Point Therapy.

Prevention - The best way to prevent the onset of OSD is to ensure adequate stretching and good control of the quadriceps. Adequate prehab should thus be a key before starting any form of sport.

ANRC Physiotherapy Clinics are also at Horsham, Ashurstwood and Lingfield.


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