Whether you play sports leisurely or are a die-hard athlete, common sports injuries are almost inevitable. Be it a new injury, chronic pain, or a recurring condition; sports injuries can be debilitating and impact your overall quality of life. Typically, common sports injuries impact the musculoskeletal system, including the following areas of the body:   Muscles Joints Ligaments Connective Tissue   However, with the right preventative measures and professional treatment, you can help fend off sports injuries and get back into your routine sooner rather than later. Use the following preventative tips and treatment measures to keep yourself healthy and safe:   What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?   Knee ligament injuries: Whether you’re a runner, a yogi, or a football player, you can be plagued by a complex knee ligament injury. These injuries are quite painful and limit the mobility of the injured individual. According to WebMD, depending Continue reading →

Tennis elbow is sometimes referred to as lateral epicondylitis. It’s a condition wherein the tendons in the forearm that attach to the elbow become inflamed. The inflammation is the result of the forearm muscles being overused. The condition is called tennis elbow because amateur tennis players are particularly prone to it; over 70 percent of the people who play the sport will develop it eventually. However, it is not a problem limited to that demographic. Anyone who overuses their forearm muscles may find themselves needing to seek tennis elbow treatment. You can overuse your forearm muscles by repeatedly gripping an object. People who chop food or carry heavy bags can also suffer from tennis elbow. Symptoms of Tennis Elbow    The primary symptom of tennis elbow is a soreness on the outer part of the elbow that can radiate into the forearm and down into the wrist. In some cases, it Continue reading →

Sports massage therapy can be essential for athletes who need to recover from injury quickly. Everyday training can put the body under a lot of stress, which eventually contributes to pain and injuries. Various massage therapy techniques do effectively reduce muscle stiffness and help a speedy recovery. Here’s a few most-effective options for athletes. Acute Stretching Acute stretching is one of the best massage therapy techniques for athletes. The use of acute stretching prior to the beginning of a workout routine warms up the muscles, increases the range of motion and reduces the risk of injuries during a training session. While there are two camps when it comes to stretching before a workout, the benefits of the technique are becoming more widely accepted. Several clinical studies suggest that stretching before exercise plays a paramount role in injury prevention. The very same applies to chronic stretching after an exercise session is Continue reading →

Musculoskeletal injuries are the number one work-place injury, and they are not uncommon as sports and household injuries as well. Your musculoskeletal system includes your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and more. A sudden impact can lead to a musculoskeletal injury, but more often they result from over-stressing the system, either in a single incident or over an extended period of time. Musculoskeletal injuries can affect any part of your body, including neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, hips, knees, legs, feet, and wrists. Common symptoms of an injury include acute shots of pain, dull, chronic aches, and stiff/swollen joints. These types of injuries affect all ages, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable to them. There are numerous musculoskeletal injuries that people suffer from. Sometimes they amount to nothing more than a temporary inconvenience, like a mild strain or sprain. Other times however, they can develop into Continue reading →

Tennis elbow is a painful affliction that affects the tendons in the elbow joint. It can be caused by overuse of the arm, commonly your dominant arm. The damage is focused around the muscles and tendons outside of the elbow joint, causes noticeable pain, and can limit your range of motion. Despite the name you don’t have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. Many other athletes and people who work with their hands can get this ailment. When looking at how to treat tennis elbow there are a multitude of at home and professional options. How to Treat Tennis Elbow: At Home When looking at how to treat tennis elbow you’ll soon discover there are several at home methods you can use to alleviate your pain. These methods should seem very familiar if you’ve ever had any muscle injuries in the past. Basic at home treatment methods include the following. Continue reading →

  According to the journal, Radiology, a single concussion could result in lasting brain damage. With anywhere between 10% and 20% of all athletes suffering a concussion each season, it’s important to have complete concussion management to prevent devastatingly permanent or even fatal brain injuries. The following information explains a concussion, and the steps to go through in order to complete concussion management, reducing its effects. What is a Concussion? A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is a difficult process affecting the impulse or acceleration forces delivered to the brain. Concussions can cause a myriad of effects. However, concussions most commonly cause temporary dysfunction in the nerves, which results in the athlete’s nerves not working properly, causing symptoms such as: – Head pressure – Headaches – Vomiting or Nausea – Neck pain – Blurred vision – Dizziness – Sensitivity to light or noise – Problems with balance – Feelings Continue reading →

  Concern over concussions within young athletes has been growing at a significant rate. As a result, more and more interest has been paid to what causes concussions, detection methods, and prevention methods as well. The following information discusses one of the leading methods designed to effectively prevent concussions. What is a Concussion Baseline Test? A concussion baseline test is a pre-season exam conducted by a qualified healthcare professionals used to determine the athlete’s brain balance and brain function. These functions include memory and learning skills, problem solving skills, and concentration. The concussion baseline test essentially is designed to detect whether the individual has any symptoms of a concussion. The results from a concussion baseline test can be used by a physician during the season to compare and contrast if a concussion is suspected. When Does Concussion Baseline Testing Happen? Baseline testing typically will happen during the pre-seasons before the Continue reading →

  If you practice sports frequently enough, chances are that eventually you are going to suffer from a sports injury, especially if you fail to take the proper precautions. In addition to being painful, sports injuries are particularly unpleasant as they can make daily tasks difficult or even impossible. Plus, in the case of a serious injury, you will need to rest from your sport until you are fully recovered to prevent exacerbating the injury. It is best, therefore, to be aware of the most common sports injuries and to know the measures you need to take to avoid becoming injured. The Most Common Sports Injuries Shin Splints This painful injury affects the front and center of the lower legs due to swelling in overworked muscles. Shin splints can occur after exercising in any type of physical activity, but the injury is most common after practicing sports such soccer, lacrosse, Continue reading →