What Every Athlete Should Know About the Advantages of Sports Medicine

When it comes to sports medicine, the definition of an athlete is broad. Perhaps you enjoy playing tennis with friends on the weekend, or maybe you’re an amateur hoping to make it the big leagues. Whatever your version of an athlete is, staying active is critical to your overall well-being, which is why you want the right medical team in your corner.

At McKenna Orthopedics, our highly trained specialists recognize the unique needs of our athletic patients, which is why we offer sports medicine as part of our comprehensive range of orthopedic services

Here’s a look at what every athlete should know about sports medicine’s advantages.

Getting you back into the game

One of the primary goals of sports medicine is to help you regain function as quickly as possible if you’ve been injured. The human body is designed to withstand a lot in life, but playing sports places additional stresses that sometimes exact a heavy toll.

For example, the most common sports injuries include:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the myriad problems that can crop up when you engage in athletic activities. You should note, however, that sports medicine isn’t dedicated only to those injuries you sustain on the court or field. If you’re an athlete who sprained an ankle doing yard work, our goal is still the same — getting you back to your active life as quickly as possible.

Avoiding re-injury

Our sports medicine specialists treat your injury with an eye toward a speedy recovery because we understand that sitting around on the couch just isn’t for you. But we also understand that you need to heal well enough to get back into the game. In other words, sports medicine is a balancing act between recovering quickly and healing strongly.

When athletes sustain an injury, it’s fairly common for them to become impatient and jump back into their activity long before their body may be ready. The end result is usually re-injury, which means an even longer sentence on the couch.

Through our vigilant care and oversight, regenerative medicine, and proactive work through physical therapy, our goal is to strengthen your injured area so you avoid re-injury.

Preventing injury

While we’ve mostly been addressing injury recovery up until this point, it’s important to understand that sports medicine also includes preventive care. If you’re starting to feel a tweak somewhere in your body, our specialists can take a look and suggest ways to prevent injury in the first place.

As an athlete, you’re keenly aware of your body, so it pays to listen closely for any signs of trouble. In fact, many of our patients admit that there were red flags before an injury that they didn’t heed. By coming to see us at the first signs of trouble, we can take proactive steps to help keep you out of harm’s way.

And our efforts to help you strengthen and protect your body might even improve your performance, making sports medicine the ultimate win-win.

If you’d like to explore how our sports medicine services can help you, contact one of our two locations in Decatur or Trophy Club, Texas. You can call or request an appointment online.

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