Injuries That Could End Your College Sports Season

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Do you play a college sport that you truly enjoy? Do you rely on your sport for a scholarship and does it play an important role in your college career? Whether you play for fun or for college sports teams, getting an injury can severely impact your life in many ways. Not only is your health affected, it can change your entire college plan. Some injuries are more serious than others. Here are some examples of common sports injuries and what their possible outcomes are.

Repeated Shoulder Injuries

If you’ve been playing contact sports such as football or rugby, there’s a good chance that you’ve been faced with an injury. A common area for repeated injuries is in the shoulder area. Even if you’ve allowed the injuries to heal and you were provided with plenty of physical therapy, there is a good chance that secondary complications can still arise. One of these complications is arthritis in shoulder. Shoulder osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage is lost from the surfaces of your joints. The result is that your bones grind up against one another. This can trigger extreme inflammation, stiffness, and pain. The bone on bone contact can trigger bone spurs and arthritis sets in. Having repeated shoulder injuries puts you at an increased risk for arthritis in the arms and shoulder area. The best course of treatment will likely be a combination of resting the affected area, corticosteroid injections, and range of motion exercises to help keep blood flowing throughout the area. Lifestyle changes that include stopping most college contact sports may also be a recommendation.

Torn ACL

If you play a lot of basketball, jumping and twisting is just part of the good gaming action. If you’ve ever been twisting or jumping and suddenly find yourself in a great deal of pain, you might have affected your anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. In severe cases, an ACL injury, similar to the same one Tiger Woods experienced, can lead to a tear in these muscle groups, resulting in extreme pain and discomfort. Swelling can easily occur and you may not be able to put any type of weight on that particular leg. In some cases, it may resemble a break, because of the inability to put weight on it, but an x-ray or CT scan can confirm the diagnosis of a torn or injured ACL. If you do have an injured ACL, rest will be the first order of care. You may also be asked to ice the area to help reduce the likelihood of severe swelling. From there, you may be referred to a surgeon for a consultation to help resolve the issue and allow the leg to heal properly.

Sprains

Something similar to a torn ACL is a sprain. A sprain can occur in any area of the body, but most is commonly found in the wrists and ankles. Any type of physical activity can contribute to a sprain, although playing many sports, such as baseball, basketball, track and field, and football are some of the more common activities that are likely to be the root cause of this injury type. A sprain is when a ligament gets overstretched or torn completely. Any type of fall, twisting of the limb, or blunt force injury can cause a sprain. Instant bruising, swelling and pain can all be signs of a sprain. If you hear a popping noise within the joint, this is an indicator that you need to seek prompt medical care.

Shin Splints

Shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome occurs as an inflammation of the tendons, muscles, and tissue around your tibia. The inner tibia leg area or shin is where the muscles connect to the bone is where the pain typically occurs. These types of injuries pop up when you start to suddenly train hard or you change your physical activity at a fast pace. If you engage in a running sport, like football, you are at an increased risk for shin splints. Work closely with a physical trainer and stretch properly before each practice and game to reduce your chances of getting shin splints. If you have pain, a visit to your sports medicine doctor should be beneficial. He may recommend withholding from sporting activities, wearing proper orthotics, and applying compression to the affected area during recovery.

Staying healthy while playing sports is important. If you’re experiencing distress, it could lead to an injury that could set you back for the entire season or maybe even longer.

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