Injuries are a common occurrence in professional and intramural sports. Sports injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries. Traumatic injuries account for most injuries in such contact sports as soccer, rugby and football because of their dynamic and high-collision nature. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening, including bruises, muscle strains fractures and head injuries.
In other cases, injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity. For example, runner’s knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow, although it does not often occur with tennis players. Other types of injuries can be caused by a sudden or hard contact with something. This can often cause a broken bone or torn ligament or tendon.1
Pinnacle provides sports medicine services at Newton Medical Center, as well as orthopaedics, sports performance and rehabilitation care. Our health care professionals treat sports injuries, provide fracture and total joint care, perform anthroscopic surgery of knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists and offer onsite athletic rehabilitation services. Athletic trainers are available to help patients recover from injuries and learn how to prevent future injuries.
1. National Sports Medicine Institute. 2011-07-28. URL:http://www.nsmi.org.uk. Accessed: 2011-07-28.