By: Coco Ang, PT
Competitive sports require athletes to achieve feats that no common man could. Given the intensity of sports and the need to maintain excellent performance; athletes must endure prolonged and intense training regimens.
Due to the rigorous training and the uncertainties of participating in any sport injuries are often inevitable. This is where sports medicine comes into play as sports medicine physicians and therapists are great at diagnosing and treating injuries.
Sports medicine has had to constantly improve to offer athletes newer and more effective treatments to help them regain their original form and function post injuries as severe as muscle and ligament tears and fractures.
One of the biggest myths of sports medicine is to believe that sports medicine treatments are limited only to athletes. This is completely not true! Athlete or not, many of the treatments implemented to treat sport injuries are also utilized for repetitive strain injuries (RSI) or degenerative conditions. Sports medicine has just helped push the envelope of developing quicker and better treatment options for the average person.
The innovations in sports medicine have shown to reduce healing time and improve mobility as compared to traditional methods of treating musculoskeletal conditions. Sports medicine involves a combination of treatment techniques that take into account the physical and the psychological effects of orthopaedic trauma.
In light of these developments, sports medicine and rehabilitation treatments take a multi-disciplinary approach towards patient care. Treatment plans can even include sports counseling to deal with the psychological impacts of injury and educating patients in the prevention of future.
Although many people are aware of physiotherapy and massage therapy in the recovery of sports injuries. newer areas of sports medicine involve treatment options such as: regenerative stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP)injections which can offer further improvements on slow-healing injuries.
Sports medicine is slowly developing into a field that takes a much more holistic approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. As a result of this, sport medicine has been expanded to not just the medical care of athletes but also to those who suffer non-sports injuries.
Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics are greater Toronto area based sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics that offer a wide range of services including diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries as well as the prescription and measuring of exercise aids and bracing.