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Concussion in Sports

Concussion

Concussion is a type of brain injury. It is recognised as a complex injury that is a challenge to evaluate and manage. It generally results from a knock often to the head, face or neck but may be anywhere on the body — which transmits an impulsive force to the head. It commonly involves short-lived impairment of brain function. Concussion is an evolving injury that may change over the first few hours and sometimes over a few days. In most cases symptoms have resolved by seven days post injury.

It affects athletes at all levels of sport from recreational sports to the full-time sports professionals. There has been growing concern in Australia and internationally about the incidence of sport-related concussion and potential health ramifications for athletes. If managed correctly most symptoms and signs will resolve spontaneously. However, complications can occur such as prolonged duration of symptoms and increased susceptibility to further injury if not managed correctly.

Possible signs and symptoms

* Headache
* ‘Pressure in the head’
* Neck pain
* Nausea or vomiting
* Dizziness
* Blurred vision
* Balance problems
* Sensitivity to light
* Sensitivity to noise
* Feeling slowed down
* Feeling like ‘in a fog’
* ‘Don’t feel right’
* Difficulty concentrating
* Difficulty remembering
* Fatigue or low energy
* Confusion
* Drowsiness
* Trouble falling asleep
* More emotional
* Irritability
* Sadness
* Nervous or anxious

Key Points

* Difficult to detect. The symptoms and signs can be varied, non-specific and subtle.
* Athletes with suspected concussion should be removed from the game and assessed by a medical doctor.
* Children and adolescents take longer to recover from concussion. A more conservative approach should be taken with those aged 18 or younger.
* Gradual return to sport protocol should be extended for individuals aged 18 and younger
* Medical imaging is not indicated unless there is suspicion of more serious head or brain injury.

Concussion in Sports – Website

Hamstring Strain treatment

Hamstring Strain Treatment

Hamstring Strain Treatment

Did you know, high speed running or high kicking are some of the common reasons for a hamstring strain? It is a common condition which residents of Parramatta regularly seek treatment for. Get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta today for hamstring strain treatment. Located walking distance from Parramatta and Harris Park station. Appointments available 6 days a week.

knee ligament injury

Major ligaments of the Knee joint

Knee Ligament Injury

The knee joint contains quite a few ligaments which provide stability to the joint. Dynamic movements or sudden unexpected movements which take place during sports can result in a knee ligament injury.

Some of the more common ligaments which can be injured include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) – Prevents forward translation of the Femur (upper leg bone) over the Tibia (lower leg bone)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) – Prevents backward movement of the Femur over the Tibia
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) – Provides increased stability towards the inner side of the knee
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) – Provides stability over the outer border of the knee

 

muscle cramps

Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps

What are Muscle Cramps?

Muscle cramps are strong and can be very painful muscle contractions. These are usually involuntary contractions. We have no control over them. There are multiple theories about why we get cramps, but the scientific world is still trying to figure out this mystery.

There are a variety of types and causes of cramps. Cramps which occur during exercise, at rest, or at night, depending upon the exact cause. Dehydration is a common cause of cramps. Most cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched.
In the mean time, if you do suffer from cramps, make sure you keep yourself well hydrated with the correct levels of electrolytes, avoid over training and give your body plenty of breaks in between training sessions.
Sports Injury Treatment Parramatta

Sports Injury Treatment Parramatta

Sports Injury Treatment Parramatta

Have you sustained a sports injury? Get in touch with us and see how we can help you! Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta, now providing sports injury treatment in Parramatta and surrounding suburbs.

Sports Injury: 7 most commonly seen cases by Physiotherapists

  • Ankle sprain.
  • Groin pull.
  • Hamstring strain.
  • Shin splints.
  • Knee injury: ACL tear.
  • Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

If you are struggling from a sports injury, get in touch with Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta today. Located walking distance from Parramatta and Harris Park station. Appointments available 6 days a week.