What is a Sports Injury?

A sports injury is usually a muscle or skeletal injury that is caused by repetitive motions that are innately part of your sport. Whether you’re a football, baseball or basketball player, or a runner, golfer, or swimmer, the unique movements required by your sport may put strain and cause injury to your muscles, tendons, nerves, and tissues. Types of injuries that may occur as a result of your sport may include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle tears
  • Bursitis
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Shoulder or knee injuries
  • Golfer’s, tennis, and pitcher’s elbow

These, and other sports injuries, may be treated with high-quality physical therapy.

What can cause a sports injury?

A variety of things can cause sports injuries, but most are from repeated strain on muscles, ligaments, and tendons over a long period of time. As an athlete, you strive to excel in your sport. This requires constant repetition of specific movements, and this repetition —if not done properly —can cause significant injury. Most causes of sports injury are related to:

  • Poor training methods
  • Inadequate warm-up
  • Lack of conditioning
  • Inadequate recovery phases

Sports injuries can cause temporary pain or permanent disability. Treatment is important for preventing further injury and getting you back to the sport you enjoy.