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1 Chapter 13: Recognizing Different Sports Injuries

2 Either acute or chronic in nature Acute injuries Chronic
No matter how much time is spent on injury prevention sooner or later an injury occurs Either acute or chronic in nature Acute injuries Result of trauma Chronic Caused by repetitive, overuse activities

3 Acute Traumatic Injuries

4 Fractures Result of extreme stress and strain on bone
Anatomical Characteristics Dense connective tissue matrix Outer compact tissue Inner porous cancellous bone including Haversian canals

5 Gross Structures Diaphysis -shaft - hollow and cylindrical
- covered by compact bone Epiphysis - composed of cancellous bone and has hyaline cartilage covering Periosteum - dense, white fibrous covering which penetrates bone via Sharpey’ fibers - contains blood vessels and osteoblasts

6 Acute bone fractures – Partial or complete disruption that can be either closed or open (through skin) Serious musculoskeletal condition Presents with deformity, point tenderness, swelling and pain on active and passive motion

7 Load Characteristics Bones can be stressed or loaded to fail by tension, compression, bending, twisting and shearing Either occur singularly or in combination Amount of load also impacts the nature of the fracture More force results in a more complex fracture While force goes into fracturing the bone, energy and force is also absorbed by adjacent soft tissues Some bones will require more force than others

8 Healing of a Fracture Generally require immobilization for some period
Approx. 6 weeks for bones of arms and legs 3 weeks for bones of hands and feet Fracture healing requires osteoblast activity to lay down bone and form callus Following cast removal, normal stresses and strains will aid in healing and remodeling process Osteoclasts will be called on to assist in re-shaping of bone in response to normal stress

9 Stress fractures Number of possible causes
Overload due to muscle contraction Altered stress distribution due to muscle fatigue Changes in surface Rhythmic repetitive stress vibrations Progressively becomes worse over time Initially pain during activity and then progresses to pain following activity Early detection is difficult, bone scan is useful, x-ray is effective after several weeks If suspected – stop activity for 14 days Generally does not require casting

10 Dislocations and Subluxations
At least one bone in a joint is forced completely out of normal and proper alignment High level of incidence in fingers, elbow and shoulder Subluxation Partial dislocations causing incomplete separation of two bones Often occur in shoulder and females (patella) S&S of dislocations Deformity – almost always present Loss of function Swelling, point tenderness

11 Additional concerns Treatment Avulsion fractures
Growth plate separation “Once a dislocation, always a dislocation” Treatment Dislocations (particularly first time) should always be considered and treated as a fracture until ruled out X-ray is the only absolute diagnostic technique Return to play often determined by extent of soft tissue damage

12 Ligament Sprains Sprain Synovial joint characteristics
Damage to a ligament Ligaments provide support to a joint Synovial joint characteristics 2 or more bones Capsule or ligaments Capsule is lined with synovial membrane Hyaline cartilage Joint cavity with synovial fluid Blood and nerve supply with muscles crossing joint Mechanoreceptors within joint structures provide feedback relative to position

13 Some joint will have meniscus (thick fibrocartilage) for shock absorption and stability
Ligaments Thickened portions of the capsule or totally separate bands Dictates partially the motions the joint

14 Sprains Grading System
Result of traumatic joint twist that causes stretching or tearing of connective tissue Graded based on the severity of injury Grading System Grade I - some pain, minimal loss of function, no abnormal motion, and mild point tenderness, slight swelling and joint stiffness Grade II - pain, moderate loss of function, swelling, and instability, some tearing of ligament fibers and joint instability Grade III - extremely painful, inevitable loss of function, severe instability and swelling, and may also represent subluxation


16 Restoration of joint stability is difficult with grade I and II injuries
Must rely on other structures around the joint Rely heavily on muscles surrounding joint Ligament has been stretched/partially torn causing development of inelastic scar Ligament will not regain original tension Increased muscle tension due to strength training will improve joint stability

17 Contusions Result of sudden blow to body
Can be both deep and superficial Hematoma results from blood and lymph flow into surrounding tissue Minor bleeding results in discoloration of skin May be painful to the touch and with active movement Must be cautious and aware of more severe injuries associated with repeated blows Calcium deposits may form with fibers of soft tissue Myositis ossificans

18 Prevention relies on protection and padding
Particularly when dealing with myositis ossificans Protection and rest may allow for calcium re-absorption Surgery would not be necessary to remove Quadriceps and biceps are very susceptible to developing myositis ossificans

19 Muscle Strains and Injuries
Causes Stretch, tear or rip to muscle or adjacent tissue Muscle Strain Grades Grade I - some fibers have been stretched or actually torn resulting in tenderness and pain on active ROM, movement painful but full range present Grade II - number of fibers have been torn and active contraction is painful, usually a depression or divot is palpable, some swelling and discoloration result

20 Rehabilitation Tendon ruptures Lengthy process regardless of severity
Grade III- Complete rupture of muscle or musculotendinous junction, significant impairment, with initially a great deal of pain that diminishes due to nerve damage Tendon ruptures Large tendon ruptures will require surgery Rehabilitation Lengthy process regardless of severity Will generally require 6-8 wks. Return to activity too soon may result in re-injury

21 Muscle Guarding Muscle Cramps
Muscles within an effected area contract to splint the area in an effort to minimize pain through limitation of motion Involuntary muscle contraction in response to pain following injury Not spasm which would indicate increased tone due to upper motor neuron lesion in the brain Muscle Cramps Painful involuntary contraction Attributed to dehydration/electrolyte imbalance May lead to muscle or tendon injuries

22 Muscle Soreness Overexertion in strenuous exercise resulting in muscular pain Generally occurs following participation in activity that individual is unaccustomed Two types of soreness Acute-onset muscle soreness - accompanies fatigue, and is transient muscle pain experienced immediately after exercise Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) - pain that occurs hours following activity that gradually subsides (pain free 3-4 days later) Potentially caused by slight microtrauma to muscle or connective tissue structures

23 Prevent muscle soreness through gradual build-up of intensity
Treat with static or PNF stretching and ice application within hours of insult

24 Nerve Injuries Two main causes of injury May be acute or chronic
Compression and tension Resulting in radiating pain & muscle weakness Stinger or burner May be acute or chronic Causes pain and can result in a host of sensory responses Hypoesthesia Hyperesthesia Paresthesia

25 Injuries can range from minor to severe and life altering
Neuritis Chronic nerve problem caused by overuse or a variety of forces Results in minor to severe problems Crushing or severed nerve injury Life long implications Paraplegia/quadriplegia could result Healing process is very slow and long term Optimal environment is critical CNS vs. PNS repair

26 Chronic Overuse Injuries
Importance of Inflammation in Healing Essential part of healing process Must occur following tissue damage to initiate healing Signs and Symptoms Pain, redness, swelling, loss of function and warmth If source of irritation is not removed then inflammatory process becomes chronic

27 Tendinosis Tendinitis
Tendinosis refers to a chronic tendon injury without inflammation Most common overuse problem in sports Likely that pain occurred with initial stages of injury without proper tendon healing Tendinitis Inflammation of the tendon Crepitus Crackling sound caused by “sticking” of tendon when sliding Sticking occurs due to chemical products of inflammation

28 Management Key for treatment is rest and removal of causal factors
Work to maintain cardiovascular fitness using means that don’t irritate inflamed tendon

29 Tenosynovitis Inflammation of synovial sheath
In acute case - rapid onset, crepitus, and diffuse swelling Chronic cases result in thickening of tendon with pain and crepitus Often develops in long flexor tendons of fingers Treatment is similar to that of tendinitis NSAID’s may also be of some assistance

30 Bursitis Bursa Fluid filled sac that develops in area of friction Sudden irritation can cause acute bursitis, while overuse and constant external compression can cause chronic bursitis Results in increased fluid production, causing increases in pressure due to limited space around anatomical structures Signs and symptoms include swelling, pain, and some loss of function Three most commonly irritated Subacromial, olecranon, and prepatellar bursa

31 Osteoarthritis Wearing away of hyaline cartilage as a result of normal use Changes in joint mechanics lead joint degeneration (the result of repeated trauma to tissue involved) May be the result of direct blow, pressure of carrying and lifting heavy loads, or repeated trauma from an activity such as running or cycling Commonly affects weight bearing joints but can also impact shoulders and cervical spine

32 Symptoms include pain (as the result of friction), stiffness, localized tenderness, creaking, grating, and often is localized to one side of the joint or generalized joint pain

33 Myofascial Trigger Points
Develop due to mechanical stress Either acute strain or static postural positions producing constant tension in muscle Typically occur in neck, upper and lower back Signs and Symptoms Pain with palpation, with predictable pattern of referred pain which may also limit motion Pain may increase with active and passive motion of involved muscle While stretching may increase pain, it can be incorporated into the treatment process

34 Importance of the Healing Process Following Injury
Essential to possess understanding of both sequence and time frame for various phases of healing process Interference with healing process will delay return to full activity Work to create optimal healing environment Little can be done to speed the process, while much can be done to impede it


36 Inflammatory Response Phase
Begins immediately following injury – critically important Without the inflammatory phase the other phases will not occur Phagocytosis occurs to clean the injured area Chemical mediators are released to facilitate healing Symptomatically presents with the following Redness, swelling, warmth, tenderness and loss of function Stage lasts 2-4 days following injury

37 Fibroblastic Repair Phase
Proliferative and regenerative activity occurs resulting in scar formation (fibroplasia) Occurs within initial hours of injury and continues up to 4-6 weeks S&S of inflammatory phase subside Athlete will still experience some tenderness and pain with motion With increasing development of the scar complaints of pain and tenderness will decrease


39 Maturation-Remodeling Phase
Long-term process Re-alignment of scar tissue according to tensile forces acting on tissue Re-align to position of maximum efficiency (parallel to lines of tension) Tissue gradually resumes normal appearance and function After 3 weeks Firm, strong, contracted, nonvascular scar exists Maturation may take several years to be totally complete

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