Sports injury from playing softball are common. Typically throwing injuries to the shoulder, in particular the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder joint which stabilise the shoulder are overused resulting in pain and inflammation. Lower back pain is also common due to the twisting action during batting and for long periods playing on the infield in a slightly flexed posture can give rise to lower back ache. Ankle injuries are also common due to running on uneven ground in the outfield, running between bases, landing on the edge of a base and of course sliding into a base. As an ex-GB fastpitch and softpitch player, I understand what happens to the body during a game and how best to come back from injury.
The most common injury I see from golfers is not so much ‘golfer’s’ elbow but lower back pain. Probably due to carrying clubs on wet courses, pulling/pushing trolleys or simply getting cold (and wet) between shots and ceasing up. I treat a lot of keen club golfers so that they can continue to play, pain-free and maintain the best standard of golf possible.
Tennis is a sport that requires many different skills. Quick reactions, good levels of fitness, agility, balance, shoulder and arm strength, flexibility, strong ankle joints. All in all, a lot of areas where there is the potential for things to go wrong. As a member of a local Tennis Club, I understand the demands made on the body. Maintaining the function and flexibility whilst ensuring stability of the joints is essential. Regular treatment can help to prevent injury and a full assessment of the body is highly recommended.
The most common injuries I see from hockey players are back pain, pelvic pain (sacro-iliac joint) and hip pain. This is probably due to the slightly flexed posture required to maintain control of the ball whilst dribbling and also the twists and turns required to maintain contact with the ball and moving between players and also take penalty corners. The discs of the spine are commonly injured when we are in a forward flexed and twisted position. In everyday life, if the spine is flexed and twisted and then ‘loaded’ in some way, for example whilst putting heavy items into the back of a car, this is when we are at a much higher risk of injuring the discs of the spine. To help you prevent these sorts of injuries whilst playing sport, stay hydrated, ensure you are properly warmed up before playing a game, especially if you come on as a ‘sub’.
One of the most common injuries I see in runners is achilles tendonitis, especially in the two months leading up to an event such as the Bristol Half Marathon. If you are experiencing any discomfort in the achilles tendon, get it checked urgently. I ruptured my achilles in 2001 and looking back I could have prevented that if I had listened to the warning signs. The most important thing to ensure is that your running shoes have not lost their shock-absorbing quality and that the running shoes are the correct ones for you, your running style (gait) and your feet! Another common cause of achilles problems is starting to increase the distance run too quickly so that the body does not get a chance to adapt. If in doubt, then firstly get checked and treated. Secondly, ensure your running shoes are the right ones for you.
The most common problems I see with footballers are injuries to the hamstring muscle, strain, cartilage (meniscus) and cruciate ligaments of the knee. The side to side and twisting movements required in football means that the knee joints are under a lot of stress and strain during a game of ‘footy’. If that is coupled with a lack of fitness, poor flexibility, hard ground, incorrect footwear for surface and tough opposition, the knee joints can really get a ‘hammering’. You can often avoid knee problems by ensuring flexibility in the muscles around the joints with specific stretches and also making sure that the biomechanics (joints and their alignment) are working optimally. If you are experiencing problems, then ensure you are assessed and follow an exercise programme so you can be match fit.
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