Playing sport regularly and frequent exercise has numerous health benefits but strenuous activity or a sporting mishap can result in injury. There are many ways sports injuries can occur including:
1. An accident or fall which involves a heavy blow to the body.
2. Not warming up properly before you start exercising, causing strained muscles.
3. Using poor equipment or sports accessories, or having poor technique in the game or through exercise.
4. Pushing yourself too hard to reach success.
Any part of the body can be injured during exercise including tendons, muscles, bones and joints. If you think you may have a sports injury, look out for the key signs including pain and tenderness in the affected area or immediate stiffness. Refrain from continuing exercise or returning back to your sport as this can cause further damage and increase recovery time. Sometimes, sport injuries simply require rest and time to heal however some injuries require specialist treatment to help you return to full health as quickly as possible.
Different Sporting Injuries
An ACL injury can occur in a variety of high energy sports such as skiing, water skiing and motocross or any other sport requiring controlling footwear with spikes or studs on soft ground as this can cause unnatural strains on the knee ligaments. Specific sports injuries relating to the ACL include:
- Skiing with the ski tip caught as the body turns and the bindings do not release.
- Footballers playing on soft ground, the studs hold to the ground and turn rapidly.
- Motocross riders planting the foot and the bike turns towards the supporting foot.
Knee injuries are one of the most common sporting injuries which occur in skiing. We provide knee bracing for skiing for fallen skiers who need to protect a knee from further injury. Sport injuries can so easily occur on the slopes or as a result of simple accidents, such as sitting down between your skis or catching your ski toe on an ice lump, should the bindings fail to release. Knee ligaments aren’t made to resist such highly levered forces and can strain or rupture on impact. A knee brace for skiing is used to increase control of the knee that has a repaired ligament whether this is immediately post-operation or after several years. For extra tips on how to prevent knee injuries while skiing, please read our blog post.
Motocross is a sport which involves high speed and detailed precision around variable circuits. The dangerous element to the sport means a motocross rider is at high risk to serious sport injuries. Just like a helmet or spine board, protective equipment like motocross knee braces will lessen these risks and riders who use motocross braces will benefit from additional control. It also allows for more movement and a stronger grip in the knee area.
Sporting injuries can also occur to the face in high contact sports such as football and basketball. A sports face mask is intended to protect a facial fracture or unstable facial injury during the game. They are effective in preventing further injury to the face and allowing your existing injuries to heal.
Modelling to relieve the broken area and translate impacts to surrounding surfaces, a sports face mask created through the 3D printing process provides custom protection for a broken cheek, brow or nose. A 3D scan ensures the mask is customised to your individual face shape and fits perfectly around the unique contours of your face.
For more information about all our sports injury treatment and orthotics call us on 0330 100 1800.