Sports injuries are a common and unfortunate side effect of keeping an active lifestyle, and can occur whether you are an amateur or professional athlete. Sports medicine is not just limited to treating injuries - it can be used as a preventative method too.
The majority of sports injuries resolve by applying the simple rest and ice principal (RICE) where for the first 48 hours you rest a soft tissue injury and apply ice for 20 minutes every two hours to help reduce the swelling and pain.
However, if an injury persists, involves a suspected fracture, or causes severe pain then a medical review is warranted with relevant imaging and appropriate referrals being organised. These injuries may require treatment by a doctor specialising in sports medicine in order to optimise performance and reduce long term effects.