Sports & recreation

Athletes are at risk of suffering from sports injuries that can affect their performance.

A sports injury is any injury that occurs during athletic activities or exercise, and 3.5 million of them happen annually in the US.

A sports injury can range from minor issues like sprains and strains to more severe conditions like fractures and dislocations. These injuries can cause pain, swelling, and reduced mobility, affecting an athlete's performance. Common types of sports injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and tendinitis. The severity of the injury determines the consequences, with mild injuries causing only minor discomfort and severe ones leading to chronic pain, limited mobility, or even disability.

runner touching their feet after an injury

Sports injuries affect muscle function, reduce strength and stability, and impair coordination and balance.

runner touching their ankle after an injury

Sports injuries usually disrupt the normal functioning of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, reducing strength and stability and hindering athletic performance.

Injured athletes may experience muscle weakness, limited range of motion, and impaired coordination, affecting their ability to maintain balance and perform movements efficiently. Pain and swelling from injuries can further hinder mobility and decrease proprioception, the body's sense of positioning. Sports injuries can also impact a person's emotional well-being, leading to stress and anxiety about being unable to perform well.

physical therapist helping a patient stretch their leg

Physical therapy can help athletes heal from sports injuries and prevent further ones.

Physical therapy is a critical component of the rehabilitation process for athletes recovering from sports injuries like tendinitis, strain, sprain, or dislocation.

Physical therapists use various techniques and exercises to help injured athletes regain strength, flexibility, and mobility. They work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that target the specific area of the body affected by the injury, helping to reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness. Physical therapy can also help prevent future injuries by improving balance, coordination, and muscle control. Thanks to physical therapy, athletes return to their sport with increased confidence, improved performance, and reduced risk of re-injury.