The excitement is building in the lead up to the 2016 AFL grand final. But we should spare a thought for the players who have been recently injured and will be watching from the sidelines like the rest of us.
Sports injuries can affect a variety of tissues including muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Interestingly, it is estimated that greater than 60% of all sports injuries occur to the lower limb.
For our top four AFL teams this year, of the players who are excluded due to injury, 67% are suffering a lower limb injury and 6% have an injury specifically affecting the foot.
Due to the fact that feet carry all our body weight, foot injuries unfortunately can take extended periods to fully heal and returning to sport too soon can be detrimental long term.
Sydney Swans defender Michael Talia has a partial tear to the LisFranc ligament with bone displacement which may take a least three months to heal. Sam Reid also from the Swans has an achilles injury which should be ok in a few weeks.
Marcus Adams from the Western Bulldogs will be in a moon boot for at least two weeks after spraining his midfoot.
A Lisfranc injury sustained by forward Jarrod Pickett from GWS may take up to six months to heal. Jarrod will need surgery and then rehab before returning to full fitness. Midfielder Jack Steele also from GWS has sustained a foot injury during training which has prematurely ended his season.
Cory Gregson from Geelong has a stress fracture in the navicular for which he has had surgery and will take about 10 weeks to heal.
We wish all these players the best for their recovery.
You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer a sports injury. At Camberwell Sports and Spinal Medicine we treat all types of sports injuries for both professionals and amateurs. It is estimated that in Australia, one million sports injuries occur each year. It is important to realise that up to 50% are preventable. Prevention can begin with the right advice regarding footwear, technique, training frequency, intensity and duration. Regular check-ups are recommended to alter training appropriately and address injuries when they occur.
Sport injuries can result in time spent off work or school as well as significant medical costs which sometimes involve hospitalisation. Visit CSSM today to book in your running gait assessment to optimise your gait, have your footwear and training regime assessed.
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