Sports injuries

Sports-related sprains, splints and strains

HCA UK has the expertise to diagnose a range of sports related sprains, splints and strains

About sports injuries

Sports-related injuries are injuries that occur during sport or exercise. They can occur for a number of reasons,but are most commonly the result of a fall, heavy blow, using equipment incorrectly, not warming up properly, or pushing yourself too hard.

Injury mainly occurs in the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments).

Need to know

  • What are common sports injuries and their symptoms? icon plus

    The most common type of sports injuries occur in the ankle, foot, wrist, thumb, knee, leg or back. They can be a sprain, strain or splint. 

    • A sprain: when a ligament is twisted, stretched or torn.
    • A strain: when muscle fibres are torn (or pulled).
    • A splint (such as shin splint): when the tissue around the bone is inflamed.

    The most common symptoms of sports injuries

    • Pain, tenderness, swelling and bruising of an area that occurs immediately while playing sport or exercising.
    • Restricted movement or stiffness in the area that is affected In some cases symptoms may only occur several hours after you have played sports or exercised.
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    If you have severe pain or injury, you should visit your nearest Emergency department straight away.

    If your symptoms are minor, you may be able to manage them yourself with pain relief, by resting the affected area and by applying an ice pack. If they don't improve in time, contact your GP or consultant for advice.

    Sports injuries can be diagnosed in several ways. Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. Tests they recommend may include:

    • physical examination of the affected area to check for pain, swelling or restricted movement
    • X-ray to check for torn tendons and ligaments
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Treatment options for sports injuries depend on the type of injury you have and your overall health and fitness. These may include:

Our sports physicians

We're proud to work with leading sports physicians who have experience in diagnosing and treating different sports injuries and managing athletes during competition. Many of our doctors work regularly with sports clubs and governing bodies to support injury management and educate individuals in managing their injury. 

Our locations

From complex sports injuries to diagnostic scans and procedures, we provide exceptional sports medicine care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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