16 February 2004
World of Hurt
For as long as sports have been around, so have sports injuries. An athlete's worst enemy is an injury. Injuries are prevented whenever possible by the use of protective gear and padding in many contact sports. However, an athlete is never 100% safe from injury. Whenever an athlete gets injured, that athlete must be treated and rehabilitated of his injury in order to be able to return and to compete in that sport. The treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries vary according to location and severity, and also shorten the period of healing for the injury.
If not for sports medicine, athletes would not be able to recover from injuries as quickly and effectively as many do. The field of sports medicine is one that provides care for active people and athletes. Its purpose is to treat sports injuries and try to minimize the risk of them occurring.
Sports medicine draws the knowledge of physicians, physical educators, physiologists, and athletic trainers to determine the type of training required for athletes to perform at their highest capability without getting injured. Many athletic teams have team doctors who provide examinations and medical attention for members before, and during the season. Doctors and trainers work together to rehabilitate the player and get the athlete able to perform as soon as possible (Sports 804). Thanks to sports medicine doctors can help an athlete, treat and rehabilitate an injury, and reduce the amount of time for recovery.
There are five major injuries in sports and they are, fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, and contusions. There are ten types of fractures, the first being the comminuted fracture that has three or more fragments at the fracture site. A depressed fracture, which can cause...