Athletic Injuries

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Hamstring Sprain

What is a Hamstring Strain?

During sprinting activities in football, the Hamstring muscles can be forcibly stretched beyond their limits and the muscle tissue can be torn. A tear in a muscle is referred to as a strain and depending on it's severity, it is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.

Hamstring muscle strains accounted for almost 40% of Premiership injuries. The Hamstring muscles work over both the hip and knee joint and can become susceptible to injury due to fatigue.

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Sprained Ankle

What is a Sprained Ankle?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries in football. It refers to soft tissue damage (mainly ligaments) around the ankle, usually caused when the ankle is twisted inwards.

As well as damage to the ligaments, the capsule which surrounds the ankle joint can also be damaged. The damage causes bleeding within the tissues, which produces a swollen ankle and ankle pain.

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Knee Cartilage Tear

What is a Knee Cartilage Tear?

A torn cartilage occurs fairly frequently in football. The term cartilage tear is slightly misleading, since it is the meniscus within the knee that is actually damaged. There are two menisci within each knee joint that are made from tough fibrocartilage - hence the use of the term cartilage for this injury.

As the knee joint bends the thigh bone usually rolls, spins and glides on the top surface of the shin bone. However, if there is rotation caused by a twist whilst the joint is bearing weight, the menisci can get jammed and nipped in between the two bones. If the force is sufficient, a tear of the meniscus will occur.

Cartilage tears are usually accompanied by pain and knee swelling. If it is a small tear it may simply settle down. However, with larger cartilage tears, the flap of torn cartilage may interfere with joint movement and cause the knee point to lock or give way.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury?

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) lies deep within the knee joint, connecting the thigh bone with the shin bone. It's function is to prevent excessive forward movement of the shin in relation to the thigh and also to prevent excessive rotation at the knee joint. The ACL can be injured in several different ways during football, most notably by landing from a jump onto a bent knee then twisting, or landing on a knee that is over-extended. Direct contact on the knee from opponents can also cause damage to the ACL.

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Achilles Tendon

What is Achilles Tendinopathy Injury?

Achilles Tendinopathy is commonly known as Achilles Tendonitis. It is a frequent cause of lower Calf pain and heel pain. Achilles Tendinopathy is usually characterised by degeneration of the Achilles Tendon (situated above the heel to form the lower part of the calf muscles), known as Achilles Tendinitis. Achilles Tendinitis is a breakdown in the Achilles Tendon, with small, focal lesions within the tendon without an inflammatory response. This degeneration means that the Achilles Tendon does not possess its normal tensile strength and may be liable to rupture with continued sporting activity.

Because Achilles Tendinopathy is not an inflammatory condition, the use of anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) is not appropriate. The key to recovering from Achilles Tendinopathy is in trying to elicit healing without overloading the tendon. This is where Kinesiology treatment can offer huge assistance.

Research has suggested that recovery is optimised by using a very gradually progressed strengthening programme for the Achilles tendon and Calf muscles under the supervision of a well trained Kinesiologist. These exercises cause the Achilles Tendon to adapt and get stronger.

Common Achilles Tendinopathy signs & symptoms:

  • A pain in the Achilles Tendon that comes on gradually
  • At first Achilles Tendon pain is worse following activity
  • Achilles Tendon pain becomes present during activity as the condition worsens

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Runner's Knee Injury

What is Runner's Knee Injury?

Runner's Knee is the common term for Ilio Tibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS). Runner's Knee is a painful overuse knee injury that affects the outer part of the knee. It is fairly common in runners and cyclists.

Runner's Knee injury responds well to Kinesiology treatment. The aims of treatment are to reduce inflammation using balancing techniques and to identify and address any underlying postural and body alignment issues that may be contributing to the problem.

Common Runner's Knee injury signs & symptoms:

  • Knee pain located on the outer side of the knee joint
  • Pain may radiate up the thigh or down the outer side of the shin
  • Pain exacerbated by running or cycling activities and settles down with rest

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Tibialis Posterior Pain Injury

What is Tibialis Posterior Pain Injury?

Tibialis Posterior pain is a common running injury that can lead to Acquired Flat Foot and foot pain in later life. The Tibialis Posterior tendon can become inflamed, partially torn or ruptured, causing pain behind the bony prominence on the inside of the ankle. A direct kick to the Tibialis Posterior tendon can trigger the condition in football players, but Tibialis Posterior tendon problems usually occur gradually due to overuse in runners.

If the Tibialis Posterior tendon and its surrounding sheath become inflamed, there is pain on the inside of the ankle during movements, particularly pushing the foot downwards (plantar flexion) and turning the sole of the foot inwards (inversion). The attachment of the Tibialis Posterior tendon into the Navicular bone (where the shoe laces are tied) can become painful to touch, as can the Tibialis Posterior tendon itself. Kinesiology treatment can be a very effective form of pain relief.

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Shin Splints

What are Shin Splints?

Shin Splints are a common term for pain in the shin region. It can be a misleading term and most sports medicine professionals try to avoid using it. This is because shin pain and 'Shin Splints' can be due to several different conditions. One of the most common shin conditions that get labelled 'Shin Splints' is Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is fairly common in runners. People suffering from Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome will feel shin pain on the inner side of the shin during exercise and also at rest. It is important to consult a Kinesiologist here who can distinguish Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome from other causes of shin pain ('Shin Splints').

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Thigh Muscle Strain

What is Thigh Muscle Strain Injury?

A Thigh muscle strain is quite common in sports like football, where kicking is repeatedly practised. A Thigh muscle strain refers to a tear in the Quadriceps muscle group. The Quadriceps are located at the front of the thigh and are responsible for extending (straightening) the knee. A tear in a thigh muscle is referred to as a strain and depending on it's severity it is classified as a first, second or third degree strain.

The immediate treatment for a Thigh muscle injury consists of the RICE protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). As a general rule grade one thigh strains should be rested from sporting activity for about 3 weeks and grade two thigh strains for about 4 to 6 weeks. In the case of a complete rupture, the thigh muscle will have to be repaired surgically and the rehabilitation afterwards will take about 3 months.

Common Thigh Muscle Strain signs & symptoms:

  • A sudden sharp pain in the thigh
  • Pain when stretching the thigh
  • Thigh pain during a resisted muscle contraction

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injury

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injury?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a common cause of wrist and hand pain, is caused by wrist swelling in an anatomical area known as the Carpal Tunnel. The Carpal Tunnel is a gap in the carpal (wrist) bones through which muscles, blood vessels and nerves pass on their way to the hand from the forearm. Compression of the median nerve causes altered sensation in the wrist and the fingers nearest the thumb, as well as the thumb itself.

Research studies have shown that the pressure within the Carpal Tunnel is increased if the wrist is held in a position of extension (such as typing at a keyboard) or flexion (when gripping tightly). These positions can make the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome worse. Kinesiology can help here by reducing swelling in the area and rebalancing the nerves, muscles and tissues in wrist and surrounding areas.

Common Carpal Tunnel Syndrome injury signs & symptoms:

  • Pain in the hand and wrist
  • Pins and needles in the hand
  • Burning, tingling or numbness in the hand

There are no limitations to the positive enhancements Kinesiology will bring to your body and your life. Above are just a few of the many injuries that can be treated using this well researched and scientific approach...

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