Both children and adults who are active are at risk of spring sports injuries. At Advance Physical Therapy, our team can cater to multiple types of injuries. Continue reading to learn the types of spring sports injuries, how to treat them, and how to prevent them.

What are Spring Sports?

Spring sports are played primarily from March to May or June. Some examples of sports played during the spring season include:

  • Baseball.
  • Lacrosse.
  • Golf.
  • Softball.
  • Tennis.
  • Track & Field.
  • Volleyball.

Types of Spring Sports Injuries

Different spring sports injuries produce various symptoms and complications depending on their severity. Some of the most common types of sports injuries include:

  • Sprains – The overstretching or tearing of a ligament.
  • Strains – The overstretching or tearing of a tendon.
  • Knee Injuries – Any injury that interferes with the muscles or tissues in the knee.
  • Swollen muscles – Swelling occurs due to an inflammatory reaction to an injury.
  • Achilles tendon rupture – The breakage of the Achilles tendon located at the back of your ankle.
  • Fractures – A broken bone ranging from a thin crack to a complete break.
  • Dislocations – A bone becomes forced out of its socket.
  • Rotator cuff injury – A tear in the rotator cuff which allows the shoulder to move.

Spring Sports Injuries Treatment

A standard treatment method used for mild sports injuries is the RICE method. It consists of doing the following to the location of the injury:

  • Rest.
  • Ice.
  • Compression.
  • Elevation.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications can also be used to reduce pain and inflammation symptoms. If your injury is more severe, rehabilitation may be required, such as physical therapy or orthopedic care. In most serious cases, surgery can be necessary. 

Spring Sports Injuries Prevention

The number one way to prevent sports injuries from occurring in the first place is to stretch and warm-up before physical activity. Warm muscles are more flexible and less prone to overstretching or tears. Other prevention tips include:

  • Having the proper safety gear and equipment.
  • Cooling down after activity with stretches or exercise.
  • Resuming activity slowly after an injury.

Contact Our Staff

Spring sports injuries can arise if you haven’t been regularly active, don’t correctly warm up, or play contact sports. Fortunately, our team at Advance Physical Therapy can address various spring sports injuries with physical therapy. Contact our team today if you require rehabilitation for a spring sports injury!