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The occurrence for hand injuries is usually quite low for athletes, but it still accounts for 9% of all sports related injuries (Peterson, 2006). An acute injury found to happen frequently in contact sports is jersey finger. The medical community calls jersey finger an acute injury known as a flexor digitorum profundus rupture. A flexor digitorum profundus rupture can happen in any of the fingers, but it mainly occurs in the ring finger (Prentice, 2011).
Little league elbow is a significant injury that can occur in athletes that participate in sports that require a throwing action. If recurrent microtrauma occurs at the elbow joint the probability of having little league elbow increases. Little league elbow, also known as medial epicondyle apophysitis, is a result of delayed or accelerated growth of the medial epicondyle, medial epicondylar fragmentation, and inflammation of the medial epicondyle of the elbow area (Benjamin, 2011).
A blow or injury to the peroneal nerve could result in a peroneal nerve contusion. The peroneal nerve branches off of the sciatic nerve and runs down the lower the lower leg to provide for the peroneal muscles. The peroneal nerve contusion is often a result of a blow during a sporting event.
Dugdale, D. (2011, September 26). Common peroneal nerve dysfunction. Retrieved December 27, 2012, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000791.htm
A muscle strain is a musculoskeletal injury that can be sustained by any muscle in the body and is often the result of improper form and excessive load placed upon the muscle. A muscle strain is an injury that involves the tearing or stretching of a muscle or tendon (Mayo Clinic, 2011).
A hernia is a “protrusion of abdominal viscera through a portion o the abdominal wall” (Prentice, Bobo & Benson, 2011). Hernias of the abdominal wall are listed in one of two categories, congenital and acquired. Those that are congenital are developed before birth and those that are considered acquired are developed after birth.
Patients often complain of a dull ache in their bones. The pain may be radiating. Our book states that “palpable pain and tenderness directly over the joint” (Prentice, Bobo & Benson, 2011). They may complain of an increase in pain when walking especially at an incline or decline (Prentice, Bobo & Benson, 2011). They may also complain of pain when moving from a sitting to standing position. Pain intensifies when the patient is laying on their “bad” side or bending forward. Most patients also experience muscle spasms.