Sportsmen and women get injured when they do repetitive sports in an incorrect way as well as in contact sports where they are less able to control the impact their body receives, such as when being tackled from behind. They are particularly vulnerable when they have not done an effective warm up session before starting up play their sport.
Injuries are not helped by “working through them” or by exercising and ‘keeping it moving’. Sports injuries benefit from speedy treatment as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. It is advisable to seek the help of a Chartered Physiotherapist to restore normal function as rapidly as possible. A good rule of thumb even for sportsmen and women is ‘if it hurts don’t do it.’ Don’t try to move the joint into pain. Continuing to aggravate the area whilst it is swollen and inflamed will only serve to increase the swelling, increase the pain and reduce the range of movement still further. See Pain – see Connective Tissue Manipulation