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  • The most common sports injuries

    The most common sports injuries
    16 Apr
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    Posted by Evolve College News

    Sports injuries are often associated with athletes pushing their bodies beyond their physical limits, although it is more often the case that sports related injuries occur for people who are not active on a regular basis and therefore the muscles are either not adequately prepared or at times not capable of performing what is being asked of them.

    Some of the most common sports injuries that have been treated include:

    1. Patellofemoral Syndrome: a pain and injury located around the patella or kneecap and in the front of the knee. Also known as ‘runner’s knee’ or ‘jumper's knee’.
    2. Shoulder Injury: the strain or injury of any of the tendons or ligaments surrounding the shoulder.
    3. Tennis or Golf Elbow: inflammation of the tendons of the elbow (epicondylitis) caused by overuse of the muscles of the forearm.
    4. Hamstring Strain: a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh.
    5. Sciatica: pain located on the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, starting in the lower back and running down through the buttock, hamstring and into the lower leg. Read more from our article What is Sciatica?
    6. Shin Splints: acute pain in the shin and lower leg as a result of the muscles being overworked, caused by prolonged running, typically on hard surfaces.
    7. Groin Pull/Strain: a tear or strain to any of the adductor muscles of the thigh, the muscles located on the inner side of the thigh.
    8. Concussion: a traumatic brain injury caused by a sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body causing the head and brain to move back and forth.
    9. ACL Tear or Strain: the tear or strain of the ACL, anterior cruciate ligament, one of the major stabilizing ligaments of the knee.
    10. Hip Flexor Strain: a muscle strain located in your hip. The hip flexor muscles are used when you flex or lift you knee or bend at the waist. 

    Sports injuries can at times be prevented with adequate physical preparation of the body as well as being aware of your own abilities and not pushing yourself past your physical limits. One well known method used by many athletes, coaches and sports therapists to prepare and maximise their physical performance, increase flexibility, prevent injury and to support with healing after a sports injury is Massage. A massage therapist with specific training in sports massage has the knowledge of human anatomy and experience required for clinical assessment and treatment of sports related injuries. 

    Sports massage, as part of the Evolve College Massage Diploma, teaches practical massage skills to support with increasing performance for the body and recognises that sports massage is not limited to the sporting industry, it is centred around improving the body mechanics and using massage as a tool to further benefit the body. 

    If you are interested in learning more about sports massage contact our team for more information on the course options available.