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The Ultimate Guide to Sport Injuries

Whether you're an athlete or a weekend warrior, if you play sports, you've most likely obtained an injury at some point. Sports injuries can be acute - the result of a sudden event that causes very noticeable symptoms - or chronic - conditions caused by overuse that can have more subtle symptoms and worsen over time.

Sports injuries have many causes, including accidents, impact, poor training techniques, improper equipment, or lack of mobility. While joints are most vulnerable to injuries, any body part is at risk. 

At TruWell Health, we've seen it all, from muscle sprains and ligament tears, to dislocated joints. Keep reading for our comprehensive guide to sports injuries.

When do Sports Injuries Occur?

Sports injuries can occur at any time, and almost any body part can be injured, including the muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues. Some of the most common ways these injuries occur are:

5 of the Most Common Types of Injury

When we play sports, we don't plan to get hurt, yet there are common athletic injuries healthcare providers see time and again, including:

What Happens if I Leave a Sports Injury Untreated?

Overlooking or hiding an injury can pose significant risks to your health. In the long run, the cost of an untreated injury can be much higher than seeking treatment immediately.

Untreated injuries, especially concussions and soft tissue damage, can cause you a great deal of pain, inconvenience, time, and money and may lead to other health issues that are more difficult to treat. No matter your suspected injury, it's always better to seek medical advice from a trusted healthcare provider as soon as possible.

How can Sports Injuries be Prevented?

You can reduce your risk of getting injured by:

Sports Injuries: Acute or Chronic?

Sports injuries fall into two categories, acute or chronic.

An acute injury results from an incident or accident and causes noticeable and immediate symptoms, e.g., a slip, fall, tackle, or collision. A chronic injury results from long-term damage. It may begin as an acute injury that does not heal entirely or may be caused by overuse, improper form, and playing through pain.

Common Sports Injuries in Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warrior Syndrome happens when people are too busy during the week to exercise, causing over-exertion on the weekend. Because of this irregular exercise pattern, weekend warriors are more prone to injuries than those who exercise throughout the week. When trying to cram hours of workout time into one or two days, weekend warriors often forget to stretch correctly and pay attention to important signals their body sends them. Working out like this leads to more injury.

Some of the most common weekend warrior injuries we see at Truwell Health are:

Who Usually Treats Sports Injuries?

Acute and chronic injuries can be diagnosed and treated by our double board-certified Interventional Pain Management Physician and our Physical Therapy Team.

Sports injuries are common, and most heal on their own with proper rest. If, however, you have an injury that is not improving with simple treatment or is getting worse, reach out to the trained professionals at Truwell Health today through our office at 727-361-2162 or book an appointment online.

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