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Sports-related Injuries

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Sports Related Injuries

Sports medicine is concerned with the prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses sustained during athletic or "active type" activities. The types of injuries that sports medicine physicians encounter can be divided into two groups: major and overuse.

Major injuries are those sustained in an instant, such as a fractured leg or dislocated shoulder. They require orthopaedic care, such as setting a fracture or repairing a torn ligament.

"Overuse" injuries are caused by repeated and excessive stress. Tendonitis and stress fractures fall into this category. Ideally, the athlete can continue with the athletic activity while under treatment or at least return to the activity as quickly as possible. Physical therapy helps to stretch and strengthen muscles and other soft tissue to aid in recovery and prevent recurrence of injuries in bones and joints.

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