Written By Anita Ginsburg / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
No matter which sport you play or type of workout you do, excessive use can cause strain on different parts of the body. This constant stress puts athletes at greater risk of sports-related injuries. However, with the help of a physical therapist, athletes can prevent future damage.
Types of Sports-Related Injuries
Not all injuries are extreme. However, if left untreated, small injuries can become serious, turning into major physical problems. Sometimes, something that feels like a pulled muscle or sprain can end up being a fracture or torn tendon.
That's why it's important to see a doctor even if you don't think the trauma is severe. Some common sports-related injuries include dislocations, fractures, broken bones, sprains, muscle tears, swollen muscles, and knee injuries.
Therapy for Injuries
If you have an injury, whether big or small, physical therapy can help you regain your mobility and get back in the game, on the road, or to the gym. Getting therapy for small injuries, such as sprains, can help you avoid making them worse with continuous strain to the area. You will need to take it easy for a while.
Some treatments physical therapists use for sports-related injuries include stretches, exercise techniques, myofascial decompression, K-laser therapy, and soft-tissue manipulation.
Preventing Future Injuries
After you've had an injury, a physical therapist can help you maintain your health and prevent future damage to both the same location and other areas of the body. Even if you have never had any trauma, a physical therapist can create a physical therapy routine that will help prevent injuries from occurring.
They will examine your body, looking for any areas of weakness or low flexibility. Then, they will develop a routine to help improve those issues.
If you have a minor injury, your doctor or therapist may recommend you follow RICE treatments at home. This acronym stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It's important to take some time away from your sport, allowing your body plenty of rest and giving it the ability to heal properly.
If you're an athlete, injuries are almost inevitable. However, you can help prevent future injuries and heal current trauma with physical therapy. Talk to your trainer about including therapy as part of your sports training and conditioning procedures.
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Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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