Injuries during softball season are extremely common. In fact, whenever you are participating in a high level of physical activity, you are more likely to experience some type of injury. Since softball is a highly involved sport, there are many types of injuries to look out for during this season. It’s important to know what injuries to look out for so you can better prevent them from happening.
Wrist, Elbow, Forearm or Shoulder Tendinitis
Softball players are prone to tendonitis due to the large amount of strain put into throwing a ball. Tendinitis occurs when the tissue connecting a muscle to the bone becomes inflamed. Certain symptoms may include pain, swelling, hotness, redness, and a lump along the tendon. Tendinitis can be managed with exercises and stretches, massages, braces, or surgery depending on each individual condition. It is important to seek help from your physical therapy in order to determine the best option for you.
Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain from sports may be a result of any high impact collision, or simply from soreness. For example, you might accidently get struck by a bat, strain your neck while pitching, or throw too hard. This type of back and neck pain is preventable with proper technique and stretching before playing. Contact your physical therapist immediately after any collision or when experiencing pain so that pain management is immediately addressed.
Knee Problems for Softball Players
ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are also common in any sport. ACL injuries occur when one of the two ligaments is either partially or completely torn. There are over 100,000 ACL tears in the US annually. In certain instances, ACL reconstructive surgery is required while less severe tears can be treated with physical therapy alone. Even with surgery, the patient will need to seek physical therapy about 3 times per week during recovery. Our physical therapists will work with you to strengthen the muscles in your knee and hamstrings to regain the strength you once had. You should know that rehabilitation is extremely important in healing any type of ACL injury, whether the tear is partial or complete.
Sprained ankles are probably the most common injury a softball player will see. This is due to the high level of running involved. When running from base to base at an accelerated speed, it can be easy to misstep and sprain your ankle. The player will usually experience a feeling that they “rolled” or “twisted” their ankle. At first, it may be hard to walk on a sprained ankle. It is best to immediately ice the point of injury and keep the leg elevated. In more serious cases, physical therapy may be necessary especially if you plan on continuing to play throughout the season. Our physical therapists can discuss proper precautions to take when running or sliding around the bases in order to prevent this type of injury again.
Other Shoulder Injuries
Rotator Cuff injuries are most commonly sustained in softball pitchers due to the excessive force used when throwing the softball. A tear or strain to the rotator cuff can be extremely painful and restrict certain movements if not treated properly. In some cases, surgery is necessary. In order to improve a rotator cuff injury, physical therapy is required since symptoms can last up to 6 weeks or longer.
Call (973) 669-0078 if you want to learn about ways to prevent these types of injuries during softball season today. We would love to help you build strength and play the game in a more prepared and safe manner.