Athletic Injury Rehabilitation

Written by Jared Vincenti
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When an athlete suffers a sports-related injury, it is usually the result of a repetitive stress. This means that there is some minor impact or twist that is by itself harmless, but that repeated over time can turn into a serious problem. These kinds of injuries are seen in athletes involved in serious sports who practice daily.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

A repetitive stress injury is usually caused by an irregularity in an athlete's form. It may be a swimmer who turns his shoulder too much, a runner who lands on the wrong part of his foot, or a baseball player who cocks his elbow the wrong way when batting--but these athletes develop injuries from their flaws in technique. Usually, one painful motion will open the dam, and cause swelling and pain to come from all the past irritations.

Repetitive stress injuries must be treated carefully. Before any rehabilitation can be done, the athlete must bring down any swelling. Whether by icing or taking anti-inflammatory medications, the muscle or joint needs to be bought back to normal size. As the pain fades, the body can be strengthened through physical therapy to the point that the injury is no longer felt.

However, the cause of the problem still needs to be addressed. By examining an athlete's form, a trainer can often identify any errors that may have caused the injury. Then, it is up to the athlete to address these errors, whether through habit or support, so that the injury will not reappear.

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