Medical Mondays: Sport Injuries

WRITTEN BY: Sports Medicine
Monday, April 20th, 2015

You practice hard. You play even harder. With any sport comes the chance of injury. Whether you’re a weekend runner or a competitive football player, you should be familiar with common sport injuries and how to prevent them.

  • We take sports as seriously as you do. Here, you can:
    Learn about strengthening your knee to prevent future injury
  • Find out everything you need to know about ACL tears, from symptoms to surgery to recovery
  • Get information on the seven most common sports injuries
  • View some exercises that help condition your lower body

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    Build Strength and Stability to Prevent Knee Injuries

    Whether you’re a serious athlete or wanting to play pick-up games on the weekend, it’s important to strengthen your knee to prevent an ACL injury. This usually involves a combination of plyometric, balance, and strength and stability exercises to improve nerve and muscle control in the knee. Read more to discover common exercises you can incorporate into your training regimen. Read More
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    ACL Tear Symptoms and Treatment Options

    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and tears often happen in high-risk sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and skiing. This type of knee injury is painful and often requires surgery to repair the damage to the ACL. If you injure your ACL, you’ll know it. Read more to discover the symptoms you may experience if you damage your ACL. Read More
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    What Is ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

    Most ACL tears and injuries require reconstruction surgery. The tear will not heal on its own, and, in the majority of cases, it cannot be stitched back together. Read more to discover how the surgery is performed and the risks involved in the process so you are able to work with your doctor to create a recovery plan. Read More
  • Learn more about ACL injuries

    Recovery Time for ACL Reconstruction Surgery

    Although you can go home on the same day as surgery, recovering from ACL surgery is not a quick process. From the time you first undergo surgery through full rehabilitation, the process can take up to six months or more. For the best possible ACL recovery, you should always follow your doctor’s instructions program to strengthen the muscles around the knee and to regain range of motion.. Read more to discover what will happen after ACL surgery. Read More
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    Infographic: Common Sports Injuries

    Whether you play sports professionally, on a team in school, or just for fun after work, it is important to be aware of the potential injuries that can occur. From ankle sprains, to shin splints, to ACL tears, all are possible for someone constantly active. Use our infographic to educate yourself on the symptoms, treatments, and prevention. Read More
  • R.I.C.E Method for Treating Injuries

    If you injure your ankle, knee, or joint during a sporting event or workout, there is typically a period of inflammation that occurs afterwards. The R.I.C.E. method may be used to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and promote flexibility and healing. This method can help you recover, and get you back to everyday activity. Read more to discover how to properly implement the R.I.C.E. method. Read More
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    Tip Sheet: Concussion Signs and Symptoms Evaluation

    Nearly 3 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur every year. They can happen in various sports and activities and can be very dangerous if not dealt with and treated in the correct manner. By understanding the specific signs and symptoms of a concussion, players, coaches and medical staff can be properly prepared for any serious injury that may occur on the field. Read More
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    Common Injuries in Baseball

    Youth sports have become progressively more competitive. What was once a weekly game of baseball or softball is now up to multiple games a week, or even multiple games per day. And with increased play time comes the potential for overuse injuries. Read more to discover which injuries are most common among baseball players and what you can do to treat them. Read More
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    What are Stress Fractures?

    Stress fractures are some of the most common injuries that occur in athletes. These overuse injuries, which are small cracks in the bone, occur primarily in the lower leg and foot and are typically caused by repetitive use or a rapid increase in one’s amount of activity. Read more to discover the causes, diagnosis, and prevention methods used to handle stress fractures. Read More
  • Learn how to treat minor arm soreness

    Baseball Arm Injuries

    With the return to baseball season comes an increase in arm, elbow and shoulder injuries. While most of these ailments are simple sprains that will resolve with rest or strengthening, some can be more disabling. Among these injuries are osteochondritis dissicans and Little League Elbow, which are often seen in young players. Read more to discover the symptoms and what you can do to treat the pain. Read More
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    Dealing With Shin Splints

    Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), commonly known as shin splints, is defined as pain along the tibia (the long bone in the front of your lower leg) that occurs during activity. This pain, one of the most common complaints of athletes, takes place when too much stress or force is placed on the tibia and surrounding anatomy. Read more to discover the causes and what you can do to manage the pain. Read More

Sports Medicine

UPMC Sports Medicine is the region’s largest and most experienced program dedicated to treating, training, and inspiring athletes at levels, in all sports. Our physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, sports nutrition, and sports performance experts are dedicated to helping athletes and active people recover from injuries, and even prevent them. Read More