Ian Griffiths Sports Podiatry
Foot, Ankle and Lower Limb Injury Specialist

Sports Injury

Injury or tissue damage can affect anyone irrespective of age, level of competition or the sport involved.  The one factor that will always be present is force.  High forces are what damage human tissues.

Generally speaking a sports injury will usually occur in one of 2 ways.  Either an acute injury preceded by an episode of trauma (e.g.  ankle ligament damage resulting from a late challenge on the football pitch), or a more chronic injury of insidious onset with no apparent cause for the injury occurring (e.g. a marathon runner gradually developing shin pain during training).

The force responsible for damage in an acute injury is often obvious; for example someone else’s football boot colliding into the ankle, the knee twisting awkwardly in a rugby tackle or tripping over a curb on an evening run.  In the more chronic types of injury sportsmen and women can often be quite unsettled by the insidious onset of symptoms with no obvious reason.  In these instances it is often simply the forces present from performing high impact activity that are to blame. These cause micro-damage to the tissues at a level which is undetected.  Pain often arises when the repetitive dosage of training/sport exceeds the healing process leading to a failure or breakdown of the tissues involved. This biomechanical overload leads to the classic over-use type injuries often seen in runners.

Research points to the importance of the study of these forces (kinetics), as it is the reduction of them which is required to allow tissue to function pain free and normally again.