So often we see and hear about professional athletes who suffer traumatic, and sometimes career-ending injuries. However, it's not just the pros who get injured. More often than not, it's the everyday person who sustains injuries while practicing and playing the sports they love. It's the weekend warriors, amateur athletes, and those living active lives that run the risk of getting hurt.
Generally speaking, when you have a proper warm up, a good sense of maintaining form, and you use appropriate equipment, your chances of playing safely are quite high. Yet, injuries can and do still happen when you least expect due to accidents and underlying conditions that might necessitate treatment. And, it's not just adults who get injured. While we often think kids are resilient, nearly two-thirds of adolescent injuries are sports related.
Typically injuries arise from excessive training, inappropriate training methods, or using exercise equipment that your body isn't able to handle. However, structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances or weakness can also lead to injury in the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.
Sports injuries are also caused by traumatic force to a joint while in motion causing hyperextension, hyperflexion, or subluxations. These types of injuries can cause significant pain and debilitation, keeping you away from the sports you enjoy. Chiropractors can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation, and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice. This care approach aims at restoring proper function, enhancing the healing of damaged tissue, and reducing your pain. Chiropractors can also help you to determine the best strategy for returning to play so you don't end up getting injured again.
Preventing Sports Injuries
Injury prevention is key. Before starting a new exercise program or sport, visit your chiropractor to determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury or enhance performance. If you have subluxations or imbalances, getting these corrected will help your success in the sports you love.
If you're an athlete, we'd love to help keep you on the field, track, ice, in the pool, on your bike, etc. Please give our office a call today. 541-343-5633
Running is one of the most common ways to stay active, especially with the miles of trails surrounding Eugene. In our neck of the woods, it is hard to resist the urge to get outside and take advantage of the scenery on a nice long run. Unfortunately, running can take a toll on the body and cause injury. Here is a breakdown of three of the most common running injuries and how to treat them.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of muscles on the bottom of the foot. The first signs of this are a burning and painful sensation on the bottom of the foot, typically near the heal. It is important to rest and avoid running while you are experiencing pain. Ice and elevate the foot to reduce inflammation. Once you feel the pain is gone, it is important to wear good shoes and try an insert that helps reduce the impact on the strained muscles. In addition, stretching the muscles that are causing the problem is another way to prevent recurring incidents.
Shin splints, like plantar fasciitis, are caused by the heavy use of muscles and tendons during running. Like its name suggests the pain experienced is in the lower legs. Often this occurs when one changes the amount of stress they are placing on the muscles. For instance, if you recently increased the distance you run, you may experience shin splints. Similar to other muscle injuries, it is important to reduce the inflammation with ice, elevation, and rest. Easing into a new routine along with gear that reduces impact can help to prevent this type of injury.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runners Knee)
Patellofemoral pain syndrome or “runners knee” is caused by the irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap. Symptoms include pain on top of or behind the kneecap and can be exacerbated by squatting and stairs. Again, rest, ice, and elevation are in order. Also, it is crucial to strengthen and align muscles in the hips and quads to ensure proper rotation of the femur to prevent further irritation of the cartilage.
These injuries are just three of the most common injuries faced by runners. The impact of the activity can cause a variety of different ailments, and it is important to recognize when it is time to take a break. If the pain from one of these injuries does not go away on its own after trying the methods mentioned in this article, call Pure Life Chiropractic today. Some injuries are worse than others, and our experienced staff is trained to help you recover and become stronger than ever. 541-343-5633
Playing sports is a great way to stay or get in shape, reduce stress, and make friends. But, an early-season injury can land you on the sidelines. If you want to enjoy the season to the fullest, take these five tips to heart and put them in practice.
Tip #1: Wear the appropriate protective gear for your sport.
This seems simple enough, but surprisingly enough, lots of folks take shortcuts when it comes to
equipment. Make sure you have all the required gear and that it fits properly. When in doubt, seek help at your local sports store and get fitted. This piece of advice is particularly important for kids who grow at a rapid pace. Last year's gear is not likely going to fit.
Tip #2: Be sure to warm up and cool down.
Our bodies need time to transition from one activity to the next. If you jump into a high-gear practice
without any warm up, you're more likely to tear, strain, or injure your muscles and joints. Take five minutes to do a light jog and then another five minutes to do some simple stretches, just to get everything loosened up. When practice, or a game for that matter, is over, a cool down is equally important. Another five-minute jog will help to calm your muscles down.
Tip #3: Know the rules of the game.
Just as you study the rules of the road before taking your driver's test, you should study up about your sport, so you know what you're getting into and what will be expected of your body. Also, this will help you from accidentally injuring someone else by being in the wrong place or performing an illegal block or check. Rules are in place primarily for safety, so it's good to be current in your sport.
Tip #4: Keep an eye out for others.
Every sport has its own unique set of plays that dictate how and where players can move. For instance, in softball or baseball, a batter cannot fling his/her bat because doing so would be dangerous for the catcher, the umpire, and anyone else who might be in the way. This same principle holds true in other sports, too, and the best way to help avoid unwanted contact is to communicate. Shout out to your teammates when you're going for the ball, passing on your left, open to receive a pass, etc.
Tip #5: Don't play when you're injured.
As tempting as it can be, please don't play when you're injured. Many people struggle with this because they don't want to miss the excitement of the game or practice, or they don't want to let the team down. But, what's worse? Taking time off to heal or getting injured worse and jeopardizing the rest of the season? Everyone would rather see you take a brief break than a permanent seat on the sidelines. But, what if you do get injured? Come see us at Pure Life Chiropractic! We can help assess the severity of your injury and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Call 541-343-5633 to schedule an appointment today.
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