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Athletics, Injury, and Sports Injury

I have been an avid sports fan my entire life. I can remember watching baseball from the floor of my parents home as far back as my pre-kindergarten ages as well as playing it in the front yard with my parents and neighbors. I always thought I would end up being a professional baseball player. During my high school days, I played baseball, football, and wrestled (I hated the diet part). During college I played football and baseball. After college I tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. I never became a professional athlete, as things just didn’t work out, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Now I play golf (so,so well), work out (semi-religiously), and enjoy what adventures life has to offer.

The reason I am relaying this bit of information is to explain that I am no stranger to athletics and sports injury. I was fortunate enough not to have experienced any terrible injury during my playing days, however I did get hurt enough on a few instances to miss some college games due to injury. I now have some physical reminders from the culmination of all the sports collisions I survived during my younger sports years. I have a great knowledge of the sports activities and mechanisms of injury and understand how to treat athletic injuries.

Injury acquired during sports activity is often the same type of injury one could suffer around the house, in the garden, or at work. Usually the only difference from one injury, to another of the same, is the mechanism by which it occurred. For example, if you sprain an ankle playing basketball, is it any different than spraining your ankle tripping over a toy at home? Generally, only the way it happened is different, and maybe the severity, however you can injure the same structures and tissue. Since people are all different, healing times are different, severity of injury is different, the treatment needs to be individualized for the person and the injury.

I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), which means I have specific training dealing with sports type injuries. I see little athletes, high school athletes, weekend warrior athletes, and even professional athletes. Athletes are often the most difficult of my patients to treat as they really don’t like to be slowed down with injury, because like myself, they enjoy the challenge of the sport, competition, and sense of accomplishment. Athletes tend to try and play through injury often at a detriment to themselves. This type of attitude can cause additional damage to already injured tissues.

No matter what sport you play, give yourself the time to heal and find the right type of treatment for those acute, chronic, or nagging type injuries. The older we get, the slower our healing time becomes physiologically. On the opposite end of that spectrum are the youngsters, who heal very quickly…..oh, to be young again! Please call our clinic for more information at (630) 351-4700.