Understanding Injuries Related to Sport

Dr Joe de Beer has worked with many sportsmen over many different sports. Hes knowledge within sports injuries is diverse, listed below is some of the information he has acquired over his career.

Injuries Related To Rugby

An increase in the frequency and severity of shoulder injuries in rugby has been noted and this realisation has prompted guidelines such as this one to be drawn up as a guide for the coaches, physiotherapists and sport physicians caring for the players on the field. Of equal importance is that younger players are playing more competitively and aggressively and the specific injury patterns in these players with immature skeletal structures should be realised.

Why have a “manual” on shoulder injuries in rugby, and not simply use the standard references on shoulder injuries? The reasons are that certain injury patterns occur in rugby specific to the sport and that the players have different requirements as far as rehabilitation and return to this high contact activity within a relative short period.

Slide Trapezius muscle The trapezius is the large muscle running from the neck to the shoulder and back Acromio-clavicular (AC) joint This is the junction between the collar bone and shoulder bone Acromio-clavicular (AC) joint The large muscle at the upper and outer aspect of the arm which is the main muscle used to lift the arm Rotator cuff tendon This is also an important muscle and tendon to lift the arm and is situated deep to the deltoid Sterno-clavicular (SC) joint The junction between the breast bone and collar bone on the upper front part of the chest Brachial plexus The large set of nerves above the collar bone, which run from the neck to the shoulder and arm Brachial plexus This is the main ball and socket of the shoulder Pectoralis major (Pec Major) This is the main ball and socket of the shoulder Clavicle (collar bone) The collar bone supports the shoulder and can easily be felt under the skin Basic Anatomy The most relevant structures of the shoulder to recognise as far as injuries are concerned are:

Understand Your Shoulder Pain

Pain can be very uncomfortable, understanding your shoulder pain can help you make a decision on what to do next.