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Sports injuries are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand. 

There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic. An injury that occurs suddenly, such as a sprained ankle caused by an awkward landing, is known as an acute injury while repeated overuse of muscle groups or joints is called chronic injury.

Medical investigation of any sports injury is important, because you may be hurt more severely than you think. For example, what seems like an ankle sprain may actually be a bone fracture.

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Some of the more common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprain: symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness.

  • Bruises: a blow can cause small bleeds into the skin.

  • Dehydration: losing too much fluid can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Dental damage: a blow to the jaw can crack, break or dislodge teeth.

  • Groin strain: symptoms include pain and swelling.

  • Concussion: mild reversible brain injury from a blow to the head, which may be associated with loss of consciousness.

  • Cuts and abrasions: are usually caused by falls. The knees and hands are particularly prone.

  • Hamstring strain: symptoms include pain, swelling and bruising.

  • Nose injuries: either blood nose or broken nose, are caused by a direct blow.

  • Knee joint injuries: symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness. 

  • Stress fractures: The impact of repeated jumping or running on hard surfaces can eventually stress and crack bone.


Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. Always see your doctor if pain persists after a couple of days.  

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Physiotherapy can help to rehabilitate the injured site and, depending on the injury, may include exercises to promote strength and flexibility. 

Trying to play before the injury is properly healed will only cause further damage and delay recovery. The biggest single risk factor for soft tissue injury is a previous injury.

Consult a Foot and Ankle Surgeon if pain persists after a couple of days.. Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles that is able to help with your sports injuries treatment.

We look forward to meeting your foot and ankle needs.

Our Los Angeles Foot Doctor is Certified by the The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, is a California Licensed Podiatrist and has a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine.

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