Do you suffer from a sporting injury?
An active lifestyle is an important part of Australian life which is why sporting injuries can be devastating to our general wellbeing. There are a number of conditions that can arise from playing sport at all levels of competition, from weekend warriors to elite athletes.
Sporting injuries come in various forms and can be a combination of damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and connective tissue. Common conditions include:
- Muscle strain – when the muscle or tendon is pulled too far in one direction
- Contusions – resulting from a direct blow to the muscle/tissue
- Tendonitis – when the tendon becomes overstressed and inflamed, often due to inappropriate equipment, faulty technique and lack of flexibility
- Ligament Sprains – when the ligament is stretched beyond its normal range
Many athletes are being unnecessarily sidelined or not performing at their peak because their injuries are left untreated or simply because their structural system is not balanced. During many sports, the body is subjected to fast stops and starts. This kind of activity places an increased amount of strain on the spine and structural system. In the cases where a muscle or joint is injured, the body naturally compensates in an attempt to maintain balance and protect itself from further injury.