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Thursday, 09 August 2018 00:00

Why it May be Beneficial for Athletes to Play Multiple Sports

Each year, approximately 1.5 million children suffer some sort of sports injury. Research has found that kids who are only involved in one sport are more likely to suffer serious injuries compared to those who play different sports. A study was conducted on NBA draft picks to see which players played multiple sports in high school and which players only played basketball. Those who conducted the study looked to see if the amount of sports an athlete played had any impact on the amount of injuries they had. The benefit of playing a variety of sports is that the body is forced to use different ligaments and muscles instead of overusing and straining the same muscles that are used in one sport. The idea is that a player will perform better in a single sport if he exercises other muscles in addition to the ones that are typically used in that sport.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oradell, NJ, also serving the areas of Paramus, Westwood, Hackensack, and Fair Lawn. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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