Common Fall Sports Injuries

With the fall season upon us, this brings about America’s favorite pastime, football season. Whether it may be for youth, high school, college or professional, each age group are equally susceptible to injury.  Football is commonly seen to be the sport which brings about the most amount of injuries, as 215,000 children ages 5-14 were reported for related injuries in 2017, according to Stanford Children’s Health.

Yet there are many other sports present in the fall season that can bring a multitude of injuries to the athletes that participate in them. That includes soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball, and tennis.  When it comes to injury, there is only so much one can do to prevent it. Yet when an athlete experiences these unfortunate occurrences, our team at Manhattan Sports Therapy is here to help. If you are looking for Manhattan sports medicine, contact us today.

Through these fall sports, participation can bring about many different injuries. Unfortunately, one of the most common sports injuries in athletics is ACL tears.

ACL Tears

An ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury is one of the most commonly seen knee injuries among athletes. This injury is most frequently seen among football, soccer, and field hockey, but can also occur in almost any other sport.  If one suffers an ACL injury it may require surgery to regain full function, however, this, like any injury, depends on the severity.

The cruciate ligaments are found inside the knee joint and act like strong ropes to hold together the bones that make up your knee joint.  The ACL and PCL form an “X” in your knee and aid in the back and forth motion as well as providing rotational stability in your knee.

Causes, symptoms, and treatment:

Causes may include:

  • Rapid change in direction
  • Sudden stop
  • Slowing down while running
  • Jumping then landing incorrectly
  • Direct contact or collision

Symptoms may include:

  • You may hear a “popping” noise at the time the injury occurs
  • Pain with swelling. You should not immediately return to sports because of the risk of worsening the injury
  • Loss of full range of motion
  • Discomfort when walking
  • Tenderness where the joint is

Manhattan Sports Medicine

As far as treatment, an ACL tear will not heal on its own without surgery.  For younger athletes who want to be able to get back into the game, they will require surgery to repair the ligament, which usually takes up to 6-8 months of recovery.  For elderly people who have a low-activity lifestyle, a non-surgical option may be available to them. This may include bracing to give stability to the knee and thorough physical therapy to strengthen the leg muscles that will support your knee joint.

 If you have suffered an ACL injury and are in the rehabilitation phase, we are here to help you through this process. Our Manhattan Sports Medicine Practice can help you achieve a timely recovery and back into the game strong and ready.

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