Like any injury, those sustained during sporting pursuits require time for the body to repair. Accurate diagnosis will help decide whether a supporting brace, cast, strapping or surgical intervention is required and give an indication of healing time and rehab schedule.
The last thing any sports person wants to hear is the dreaded four letter word; rest. Normally, ‘painless progressive movement’ is the phrase that best describes the path back to normal function. Very often, minor strains are aggravated repeatedly before they’re attended to. Early intervention can prevent more a severe episode. Just like in training and competition, a dedicated and smart approach to the task at hand will provided the best results.
Sometimes the sporting calender will dictate a need for a quick recovery or physical strain before the injured region is ideally ready. Strapping techniques will often allow for activity or competition to occur while the injury exists. Although sporting injuries are often compromised by a need to compete, the management is still key. Re-occurring injuries are normally predisposed by underlying dysfunction or soft tissue issues. In these instances, careful management is often required to overcome repeated episodes and prevent a more significant version of the same problem.
Sporting injuries can hamper, ruin or end a career. In many cases though, athletes return from injury stronger and more prepared than ever before. In those instances there is a dedication to an appropriate management program with progressive measured outcomes.