Doing sports is good for a person, but sometimes it can also go wrong.
Where there is sports, sports injuries occur. In most cases, the symptoms are gone within a few days, sometimes with a few weeks and sometimes they are still present after a few years.
Doing sports should ensure that you perform better in your life without pain, more relaxation, and more energy. You feel better, you look better, you can handle more both physically and mentally. That is the power of sports and exercise. However, if you have to work around aches and pains all the time. If your muscles and joints feel stiff, tight and painful despite all the training. You actually feel more tired instead of re-energized, you are probably doing something wrong and it is time to call for help.
HOW DO SPORTS INJURIES OCCUR
In short, you can say that if the force that is placed on a certain tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament or bone) is higher than the maximum load capacity of that tissue, there is an overload.
A small regulated overload in, for example, a training is good. You actually need this overload to become stronger, faster and bigger.
If the overload becomes too great, the tissue cannot absorb the force and a trauma or injury occurs. This can cause minor microscopic injury (a strain), but also bigger injuries such as a whiplash, muscle tear, ligament rupture or even a bone fracture.
COMMON SPORTS INJURIES
The most common sports injuries are knee and ankle injuries. These injuries can be found a lot in field football and running.
In fitness, on the other hand, in addition to knee injuries, you often see shoulder injuries and back / spine injuries.
The biggest predictor of injuries are previous injuries. So if you’ve ever sprained your ankle or injured your back, it’s significantly more likely to happen more often. Many people accept this, but that is not necessary. By specifically training the position in which you have been injured, you can ensure that the weak spot becomes a strong spot! We can help you with that!
HOW TO PREVENT SPORTS INJURIES?
WHAT CAN YOU DO YOURSELF?
With sports injuries, there is often not so much overload, but not sufficient rehabilitation. People often want to go too fast, too hard and too heavy. As a result, your body does not get the opportunity to recover from the training.
To recover faster, there are several things you can do yourself:
By focusing on recovery and training smarter, you can achieve the same, or even better results. Often with fewer workouts.
If you have been training for a long time, or you have just started training, try to follow a personal training program with a reputable personal trainer. Here you will learn tools and skills that will help you train smarter and safer for the rest of your sports career. Do your homework. Choose a personal trainer that’s right for you. Physiotherapist Ramon Verdel works together with Renaldo Steinbach of The Self Made Club in Leiden. Renaldo provides personal training of a very high quality level. With his pleasant manner he can give you a personal training program that will make you feel good and you will notice quick results.
In case of sports injuries, we will first investigate what exactly is going on and whether there is something we can already do to provide relief. It is very important to get back to your normal movements as soon as possible. We will also look for the cause of your injury. If you fell and you have broken something, then the cause is fairly clear. But why do you suddenly suffer from a muscle while you have been doing the same sport for years? Maybe there is something in the kinetic chain that does not quite work as it should. This could have made you activate compensation mechanisms without knowing. We are experts in finding these compensation mechanisms and in solving them.
If you have any questions about your sports injury, please feel free to contact one of our therapists. Often we can already give you useful tips that immediately reduce your complaints.