Injury Recovery


Prevention and Treatment of Youth Sport Injuries
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Soft tissue injuries (strains, sprains, bruises, lacerations, etc.)

  1. After the initial treatment (acute Care) of an injury the soft tissues will then need to go under certain remodeling phases.
  2. There is typically local pain tenderness, redness, bruising, and swelling.
  3. Knowing the injury is important to the healing process to know how to proceed.
  4. Severe or repetitious injury to the same area can cause calcium build up known as myositis ossificans traumatica.
  5. Protection should be initiated immediately however total immobilization is not encouraged.
  6. Passive range of motion is encouraged. Passive means moving through a pain free range of motion via means of an outside source. For example using your uninjured hand to move a swollen ankle in small pain free circles. Initial rest should be done for 2-3 days while ice is applied 15′-20′ approximately 4 times a day.
  7. Sprains and strains can be divided into these subcategories:
    • 1-2 weeks; moderate pain; <25%
    • 4-6 weeks; severe pain; 25-50%
    • Week, months, not without surgery; severe or ironically no pain