Sports Injuries From Overexertion

Don't be surprised to discover your limit when you push yourself to it.

FITNESS The finesse of Olympic hopefuls inspires athletes at home and abroad. Impressed by beauty, grace and skill, viewers are transfixed on the fastest and most powerful athletes in the world — at least until Olympic dreams are dashed by sports injuries — whether or not the injured are actually in the London 2012 games.

At the gym, on the court, on the field or in the pool, people strive to work harder, jump higher turn sharper, and move faster. So we anticipate there are a higher number of visits to orthopedic specialists, rheumatologists, chiropractors and emergency rooms due to sports injuries corresponding with commencement of the Olympic games.

Injury Highlights From Vancouver Olympic Hopefuls

A catalogue of accidents and serious winter athlete injuries offered sober reminders of what can happen when would-be Olympians, emboldened by technological advances in equipment, seek to push the boundaries of speed and complexity in their events to ever more hazardous levels. [1]

Jan Hudec crashed at a downhill ski race in Val d'Isere only three weeks after returning to the sport. Following surgery (the fifth on his right knee), and gruelling rehab from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, Hudec found himself facing a career ending intense rehab stint less than a year away from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Aerial skier, Veronika Bauer, after banging her head on two separate occasions, continued to participate in events, finishing fourth in a World Cup event in Utah after the first injury. But continued nausea, headaches and confusion (common signs of a concussion injury) resulted in Bauer being ordered to cease all activity. [2]

Know How to Start and When to Quit

If you're in peak physical condition, don't risk your future by overexerting yourself after an injury. If the mantle is filled with tarnished trophies from a younger you, be careful about showing the kids that 'you've still got it.' If you're inspired to begin a new fitness routine, ease into it. When beset with chronic joint pain or heart conditions, first discuss your exercise routine with your physician.

According to Mayo Clinic, "Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — and give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover." [3] Should the unfortunate injury become a reality, our online store is filled with tools to assist coaches in the locker room and medical professionals in the exam room make proper assessments. This allows pain or discomfort to remain merely a temporary setback.

Tags: cardiology, competition, doctors, fractures, physical therapy, rheumatology

  1. Winter Olympics - Injury list continues to grow - knee ligament injuries and neck injuries. ^
  2. 2010 Olympic Team Hopefuls Return from Injury. ^
  3. Fitness programs: 5 steps to getting started. ^