Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated
with athletic activities, especially fullcontact sporting events. Sports injuries
can affect bones or soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles, andtendons. Some sports injuries are serious, others are not. A simple warm-up before activity can lessen the possibly of strained or pulled muscles.


Sprains account for one third of all sports injuries. A sprain is a partial or complete tear of a ligament, a strong band of tissue that connects bones
to one another  and stabilizes joints. Inflammation of a tendon (tendinitis)
and inflammation of one of the fluid-filled sacs that allow tendons to move
easily over bones (bursitis) usually result from minor stresses that repeatedly
aggravate the same part of the body. These conditions often occur at the
same time.

Brachial plexus injury

A brachial plexus injury is an injury to the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder,
arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched or, in the most serious cases, torn.
This usually happens when your shoulder is pressed down forcefully while your head is pushed up and away from
that shoulder. One type of brachial plexus injury is called a "stinger" or "burner." Stingers occur with compression
or overstretching of the nerves that run from the neck to the arm, usually during collisions in contact sports.





Treatment for minor soft tissue injuries generally consists of compressing the
injured area with an elastic bandage, elevation, ice, and rest. Anti-inflammatory medications, taken by mouth or injected into the swelling, may be used to treat

bursitis. Anti-inflammatory medications and exercises to correct muscle imbalances

are often used to treat tendinitis. If the athlete keeps stressing inflamed tendons,

they may rupture, and casting or surgery is sometimes necessary to correct this

condition. Controlling inflammation as well as restoring normal use and mobility are

the goals of treatment for overuse injuries. Athletes who have been injured are

usually advised to limit their activities until their injuries are healed.  Athletes who

have been severely injured may be advised to stop playing completely.


The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice,  

  examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care

  provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  If you think

  you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

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