Sports Injury Management
Participation in sports, as part of an active lifestyle, has many health benefits. From highly trained professional athletes to the ‘weekend warrior’ every level of sport comes with the risk of a sports injury. While there are many ways to help reduce the risk of a sports injury, accidents do happen. Anyone who has sustained a sports injury is a candidate for sports injury management.
The three main components of effective sports injury management are injury prevention, injury identification and treatment, and injury rehabilitation.
Proper management of a specific sports injury should be customized to educate the athlete about their injury, avoid further damage, ensure proper healing and allow for a safe return to their sport. Managing a sports injury correctly can minimize the risk of long-term damage to a muscle, tendon, ligament, bone or joint. The most common sports injuries are ankle sprains, groin pull, hamstring strain, shin splints, knee injuries, and tennis elbow.
Athletes are naturally competitive and often want to continue training and playing following an injury. However, this requires the guidance of a sports injury management professional who fully understands the injury, training options and unique risks to the athlete. The doctors and therapists at Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have the knowledge and clinical skills required to effectively diagnose and treat common, challenging and difficult-to-treat sports injuries.