Wakefield High School Sports Injury

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Throughout my junior and senior years of high school I was a part of the Student Athletic Training Team in the Sports Medicine Department of Wakefield High School. To help better understand the injuries that the team encountered in the field, I enrolled in the Sports Medicine classes that were offered by the school. The classes were taught by the head athletic trainer for the school who believed in hands-on learning, especially for his student trainers. During the duration of the course and my time as a member of the team, I saw numerous different types of injuries; but there were three that occurred most often: an ankle sprain, a muscle strain, and a rotator cuff tear.
The most common injury in athletes is an ankle sprain, which is an injury
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A third-degree sprain is usually associated with the feeling or the sound of a “pop” with immediate pain and disability. Rapid swelling, ecchymosis, and loss of function also occur with this degree of ligament separation. A stress test will show moderate to severe instability with no firm endpoint which will cause the ligaments to feel “soft and mushy”; the injury can be deceiving because the range of motion and testing will be less painful due to the ligament not being intact.
All degrees of an ankle sprain should be treated with the acronym RICE, which stands for: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The athlete should take a break from the activity in which the injury occurred and ice the injury for 20 minutes every hour while wearing a brace on the affected ankle and keeping the ankle elevated above the heart to reduce swelling. For third-degree and sometimes second-degree ankle sprains the athlete will be required to wear a brace or a splint to offer extra protection and stability and to keep the swelling to a
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There will be a palpable defect in the superficial muscle otherwise known as the muscle towards the top layer of the area, indicating the rupture of individual fibers or the entire muscle. Because grade three strains usually cause a break in the normal outline of the muscle, there may be an obvious, visible dent or gap under the skin where the affected muscle has come apart. A complete rupture will cause the muscle to hemorrhage or bleed and can cause diffuse swelling in some cases. Diffuse swelling often causes the injury to be unable to fully resolve due to the increased fluid in the area which the body is unable to

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