Avoiding Summer Sport Injuries

By Brigit Britton, MD

The warm weather months are a time for us to enjoy our outdoor activities such as exercise and summer sports. As activity and training increases, so do the number of injuries.  Sprains and strains are common injuries seen at MetroIPC. When the ankle is twisted, rolled or inverted (most common), the ligaments can be stretched or even torn. This causes pain, swelling and decreased range of motion at the ankle joint.

Stress fractures are also common during the summer months.  Repetitive stress (especially to the weight-bearing bones in the legs and feet) can eventually cause bones to crack. This is more likely to occur with a sudden change in the length or intensity of your activity, such as going for a much longer run than usual. Please note that many stress fractures are not visible on plain x-ray.

Wearing worn-out shoes, having poor nutrition, and underlying conditions such as osteoporosis can make you more prone to injury. It is important to carefully plan out your exercise program, to avoid getting hurt. Gradually increase workouts, alternate your training activities, and wear proper gear at all times.

If you do experience pain, stop immediately. Continued stress can cause your injury to worsen, leading to more significant issues.  If you think you have experienced a sprain, strain or stress fracture, it is important to visit the closest MetroIPC for an official evaluation as you could actually have a bone fracture or serious ligament damage. We will also be able to refer you to an Orthopedist should your condition warrants special follow up.

To book an appointment for evaluation, please visit: http://www.metroipc.com.

 

References:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00379