Sports Injuries

sports injuriesSports injuries are common amongst professional athletes and those that like sports on a more amateur basis. They commonly involve the lower limbs in contact sports such as football and rugby, the knee being one of the most commonly involved joints. In addition there is a wide range of knee conditions that long distance runners can suffer from that require analysis.

Assessment of sports injuries

The first important thing is to obtain a careful history as to how the injury took place. This may not be a single injury but may be a repetitive type injury such as those suffered by runners. Physical examination is then carried out to discern the possible cause for the patient’s symptoms.

Investigations used in assessment of sports injuries

The most common investigation is that of an MRI scan. An MRI scan is an excellent investigation for the soft tissue injuries sustained around joints and may patterns of injury are recognised. An MRI scan is a painless investigation that is usually well tolerated by patients.

Treatment of sports injuries

Most sports injuries will resolve without the need of surgical intervention. A good self-help is to remember RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.


Physiotherapy is a useful tool in treating sports injuries and many injuries can be treated by a competent physiotherapist.

Surgical management of sports injuries

Fortunately very few sports injuries come to require surgical intervention and when they do they can be carried out by such procedures as arthroscopies that require keyhole surgery only. This leads to a rapid recovery and return back to sports.