Sports Injury

Sports injuries are injuries that occur when engaging in sports or exercise. Sports injuries can occur due to overtraining, lack of conditioning, and improper form or technique. Failing to warm up increases the risk of sports injuries. Bruises, strains, sprains, tears, and broken bones can result from sports injuries. Soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and bursae may be affected. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is another potential type of sports injury.

Common Conditions:

  • Torn ACL/MCL

  • Runner's Knee 

  • Shin Splints

  • Stress Fracture

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sprained Ankle 

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Concussions

  • Achillies Tendonitis

  • Turf Toe

Sports Injury Prevention

Physical activity is an important part of maintaining overall health. However, certain precautions should be taken to minimize the risk of sports injuries. Using the correct equipment and maintaining equipment can help prevent sports injuries. Wearing the recommended protective gear can help shield the body against injury. Resting between workouts gives the body time to rest and repair. Starting activity slowly and gradually increasing strength, flexibility, and endurance gives muscles, bones, and other tissues the opportunity to adapt to more difficult workouts, minimizing the risk of injury. Finally, listening to the body and backing off at the first signs of pain, discomfort, stress, or overheating will help reduce the risk of sports injuries.

 

 

When is Kinesio Tape used?

 

Dr. Barnes is trained  in Kinesio taping for both spinal and extremity conditions. If your condition warrants, we may use taping as a part of your rehabilitation or corrective therapy.

This method is used to help normalize the function of muscles and other connective tissues. Kinesio taping uses elastic tape rather than the rigid tape traditionally used in sports medicine. The elastic properties of this tape help in many ways:

  • Improve contraction of a weakened muscle

  • Reduce muscle fatigue and spasm

  • Reduce over-stretching and over-contraction of muscles

  • Re-educate muscles through sensory feedback

  • Lessen edema (swelling) through aiding the lymphatic system

  • Minimize post-traumatic or post-surgical bruising through improved circulation

  • Help mobilize scar tissue by enhancing glide between tissue layers

  • Help correct joint mechanics through aiding muscle function around the joint

  • Relieve pain by activating the natural analgesic system in our skin receptors

 

Rehabilitation

A good rehabilitation therapy program goes hand-in-hand with good taping.

 

Kinesio taping is best used as an adjunct to therapy and exercise. It can dramatically speed the rehabilitation process by lessening pain and improving tolerance to exercise and movement. The success of Kinesio taping strongly depends on clinician knowledge. A thorough evaluation is integral to determine which taping techniques are indicated. Dr. Barnes, for instance, must know if the patient needs taping to assist muscle strengthening or to assist muscle relaxation, as the taping will be different.

Kinesio taping was initiated in the 1970s in Japan by Dr. Kenso Kase. Dr. Kase was intrigued by kinesiology and conservative ways of treating traumatized soft tissue. Working with tape and technique developments, Dr. Kase accomplished his goal: to have patients experience immediate improvement after one visit.