From 0 to 100, sitting all day to major league sports?

Recognizable causes of sport injuries

Chances are if you play any particular sports, you will run into some sort of sports related injuries.  Sport injuries happens from time to time, and each type of sport comes with its specific range of sports injuries.  Take hockey for example, shoulder injuries are quite common when we are constantly outward reaching with the stick.  Crashing into the boards shoulder first is also a potential source.  Lower body impact injuries are more common in sports like soccer.  Conditions such as sprained ankles/knees often occur upon impact and collision with other players.

Non impact sports injuries

You may ask what of sports that aren’t contact related?  These injuries are often not as easily identified compared to a specific trauma related event.  Running for example is a type of sporting that would create underlying sports injuries.  In turn as pain gets worse, we can no longer participate.  Common running injuries includes Patella-femoral syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, etc.  These are not impact or contact related sport injuries, but are debilitating enough to stop one from participating.  These injuries are more less a part of muscular imbalance, bio-mechanical or overuse injuries.

Problem with Pause and Go

Now that we understand some of the potential sports injuries, it is time to understand why we are more prone to these issues if we had an extended period time away from activity.  Once we took a break from regular sports, our body no longer function the same. Muscle mass has shrunk for what was once needed for running.  Joints in the lower back became stiffer from longer sitting and unable to squat properly for lifting.  We became de-optimized for the sport that we once do.  Moreover for that reason, muscle cannot take the same force it used to take leading to strains.  Joints don’t allow for the same flexibility leading to increase wear and tear.

In the event that we do experience pain with sports injuries, it is often best not to continue to push ourselves down the path of pain.  Seeking professional help through physiotherapy might be a beginning to understand where and why pain exists in the first place.  Having a throughout physiotherapy assessment to look in-depth at specific movement pattern will often give insight of why pain develops.


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