Whether it is intramural, city league, recreational or professional, sports are a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Even in youth sports the numbers of participants are rising as now nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, with those who participate in sports, comes the risk of a sports-related injury.
Examples of sports injuries
The most common sports injuries are sprains, strains and even fractures.
A sprain occurs when the ligament is extended further than its limit.
A strain happens when a tendon is stretched too far.
Both ligaments and tendons are like a coil or spring that if they are stretched too far they will become damaged and are sometime referred to as a pulled muscle.
A fracture is a broken bone. On average a person experiences two fractures or broken bones over a lifetime.
These injuries cause sensations anywhere from mild discomfort to very intense pain, and both lead to a loss of time in daily activities as well as time away from the sport.
Since children are more resilient, they have shorter recovery periods. However, as people grow older, their physical body takes longer to heal. Also is the fact that sprains, tears and pulls are often far more serious as adults, causing injuries to linger far longer than before, requiring a longer recovery time and more medical attention over extended periods of time.
Locations and types of pain
In any kind of physical contact sport, collision sport or one with excessive use of exertion, every part of the body is affected. Some of the most common locations where injuries to the body occur are:
Head – Concussion
Neck & Spine – whiplash, neck strain, overextension
Back & Spine, Upper and Lower –slipped disc, stress fracture, nerve damage, muscle strain
Arms, Upper and Lower– Dislocation, overextension, fracture, tennis elbow (not limited to tennis), sprained wrist, and rotator cuff tear
Legs, Ankles & Feet – Hyperextension, shin splints, sprained ankle, pulled ACL/MCL/PCL sprain or tear, pulled groin, pulled hamstring, fracture.
What can a chiropractor do to help?
Professional sports teams take their teams’ health very seriously. Virtually every professional sports team currently has a chiropractor on its panel of care providers. This is due to the reason that chiropractic care can be extremely valuable for daily maintenance, improved stamina & enhanced flexibility. Chiropractic care is also vital for the treatment and faster recovery of sports-related injuries, aches, and pains.
To see how chiropractic treatments can help resolve sports related injuries and reduce recovery time, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.