Winter Sporting Injuries
A combination of cold weather and contact sports such as rugby, football and soccer, inevitably cause joint related sporting injuries, especially in the lower limb. Acute ankle sprains are among the most common sporting injuries, where a recent meta-analysis found that the incidences of ankle sprains were higher in female athletes and athletes of indoor and court sports.
Initial management post sprain usually consists of rest, ice, compression and elevation of the acute soft tissue injury combined with supportive protective strapping. A systematic review comparing strapping vs braces and found them to be both equally effective for reducing pain, swelling, ankle instability and preventing recurrent sprains.
Winter’s collision sports are also a perfect recipe for the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which would be by far the most debilitating acute knee injury, followed by injury to the meniscus, collateral ligaments and then posterior cruciate. Acute knee injuries account for 14-40% of all acute musculoskeletal problems, where 9% of acute musculoskeletal trauma involves the meniscus, 9% the collateral ligaments, and ACL rupture 4%. Rigid taping is a critical component of the athlete’s end stage of rehabilitation especially to assist with sport specific loads and returning back to sport.
Are you prepared for the upcoming winter sports??
Midland Physiotherapy and Glen Forrest Physiotherapy are hosting a FREE sports strapping night on April 11, 630-830pm. Please rsvp by April 4 at [email protected] or call 9274 1482 for catering and numbers.
Daniel has worked with many elite level sporting affiliations including WAFL football clubs, West Australian Ballet, Western Force, numerous local sporting clubs and is currently the Physiotherapist for Guildford Grammar and their football program.
Daniel is a proud husband, father of young twin boys and his little daughter. He is a mad Geelong supporter and loves a good Swan Valley red wine or cheese.
- Sporting and Musculoskeletal Injuries