Sports-Related Wrist and Hand Injuries
Injuries to the Bone
Dislocations of the PIP Joint
Soft Tissue and Closed Tendon Injuries
- Tendinitis—inflammation of the tendon associated with acute injury
- Tendinosis—microtears in the tendon tissue with no significant inflammation, associated with chronic injury
Preventing Sports-Related Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Take your time: Gradually work yourself into shape for any new activities. Slowly increase the lengthy of time and intesity of all activities.
- Wrist guards: If your sport is rollerblading, street hockey, or skateboarding, wrist guards may help protect you from bone fractures and hand scrapes if you fall or slide.
- Gloves: Use gloves to protect your hands, particularly if you are a bicyclist or skateboarder. The gloves will help protect your hands if the palm suffers a direct blow. In addition to protecting your nerves, gloves can protect your skin from direct wounds and cuts.
- Warm-up: Before playing sports, include a warm-up routine where you focus on light stretching and improving your flexibility. Warm-ups should also include light running, walking, or biking to elevate your heart rate and loosen your muscles.
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American Council on Exercise http://www.acefitness.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/20/2014 -
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