What is a sports injury? A sports injury can be defined as any stress placed on the body during sporting activities; therefore, preventing the body from functioning optimally. These injuries can be divided into two categories, namely acute or chronic. According to ACC, 402 518 claims opened in 2020 due to sports injuries; hence, this is a significantly large number of injuries that cannot be ignored. For the full article from ACC, click here.
Classification of a sports injury.
The classification of sports injuries can be divided into acute and chronic. Firstly, acute injuries or “traumatic” injuries occur when a specific impact or traumatic event occurs. These types of injuries can include bone fractures, muscle strains, and ligament sprains. Lastly, chronic injuries usually are the “overuse” type of injuries, and overtraining is a common mechanism. These injuries can include tendinopathies, bursitis, and stress fractures.
Causes of a sports injury
There are various causes of these types of injuries. Shedding some light on these can give us a better understanding of how to prevent them:
- Failure to warm-up will result in muscles being less responsive and more prone to injuries.
- Overtraining is a significant risk for chronic injuries; therefore, more stress is placed on the tissues than it can handle.
- An accident or traumatic injury usually results from a direct impact or collision; usually, the athlete is off guard, and it happens suddenly.
- Poor technique, regardless of athlete training or competing, is an abnormal load on the tissues.
New Zealand has a great sporting culture; however, there is also the risk of more injuries with more competitors on the flip side. According to the statistics ACC has released, leading the pack of team-based sports is Rugby union, followed by football (soccer), and in 3rd place is Netball. In the individual sports, Gym/Fitness is the lead sport followed by cycling and then running.
Sports Chiropractors are certified Chiropractors with a particular interest in sports. Here at Chirohealth, both of our Chiropractors are qualified sports Chiropractors; which, means that they went for special training to assist athletes. Training to become a qualified sports Chiropractor offers an individual Chiropractor the credentials required to work at international sporting events. With this qualification, our Chiropractors can be part of the delegation at regional sporting events, international events such as the regional and world championships, and the World Games. For more about our sports Chiropractors, click here.
This article is not to discourage you from competing or training but rather to shed more light on injuries; therefore, it will empower you to actively engage, thus preventing injuries from making you into a happier athlete.