Indoor and outdoor, summer and winter – there are sports of all varieties, and with each sport comes an even broader variety of common injuries to be aware of. When considering shoulder injuries, you may assume any sport is a risk, but some are worse than others. Is your chosen sport the biggest culprit of shoulder injuries?
Shoulder injuries are often caused by repetitive actions rather than traumatic events. This means any repeated movement, such as throwing a baseball or setting a volleyball, may cause damage to your shoulder over time. Traumatic events can happen at any time in any sport, but contact sports that also involve overhead motions, such as lacrosse, football, and rugby, may pose an especially high risk to the tendons and ligaments in your shoulder.
If you play baseball, softball, or tennis, you are at significant risk of shoulder injuries due to the constant, repetitive motions involved. Any time you excessively repeat the same motion with your shoulder, including swimming and weightlifting, you put your muscles, tendons, and joints at risk.
If you experience stiffness, loss of motion, lack of strength, or pain, it is important to address these problems before causing further damage to your shoulder.
Often, brief therapy can improve or repair your shoulder injury. Contact us at Sprains & Strains for more information on the treatment options available for shoulder injuries.