SPORTS & JOINT INJURIES
Participation in sports increases the risk of joint injuries that can lead to posttraumatic osteoarthritis, a clinical syndrome caused by trauma-initiated joint degeneration that results in permanent and often progressive joint pain and dysfunction.
Minimizing the risk of joint injuries and helping people with osteoarthritis participate in regular physical activity, including some sports, requires understanding of the relationships between joint use, joint injury, and joint degeneration.
Lifelong participation in sports that cause minimal joint impact and torsional loading by individuals with normal joints and neuromuscular function does not increase the risk of posttraumatic osteoarthritis.
In contrast, participation in sports that subject joints to high levels of impact and torsional loading increases the risk of joint injury and subsequent joint degeneration. Immediate diagnosis and appropriate treatment and rehabilitation following joint injuries decrease the risk of subsequent injuries and posttraumatic osteoarthritis.
Sports – Joint Injury & Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis – a scientific white paper written by renown Orthopedic surgeon and Chair of his Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Dr. Joseph Buckwalter:
ACTIVE-8™ can be used as a treatment option for many sports related injuries, especially those requiring relief of pain and inflammation.
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What is Informed Sport?
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ACTIVE-8™ can be used as a treatment option for many sports related injuries, especially those requiring relief of pain and inflammation.
Sports injuries are injuries that occur when engaging in sports or exercise. Sports injuries can occur due to overtraining, lack of conditioning, and improper form or technique. Failing to warm up increases the risk of sports injuries. Bruises, strains, sprains, tears, and broken bones can result from sports injuries. Soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and bursae may be affected.
Muscle strain is another name for a pulled muscle. It occurs when a muscle is overstretched and tears. Symptoms of a pulled muscle may include pain, swelling, weakness, and difficulty or inability to use the muscle. Muscles in the quadriceps, the calves, hamstrings, groin, low back, and shoulder are the most common sites for pulled muscles. Minor muscle strains resolve with RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. More serious muscle strains require evaluation and treatment by a doctor.
Shin splints are throbbing, aching, or stabbing pain on the insides of the lower leg. Shin splints are a repetitive use injury that may occur in runners or those who are beginning to exercise. Pain occurs when muscles and tendons around the tibia (the larger of the two lower leg bones) become inflamed. Stretching, resting, and applying ice can help relieve shin splints. Bandaging the area may help prevent swelling. Flat feet increase the risk of shin splints. Orthotics and proper athletic shoes may offer support and decrease the risk of shin splints.
The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot, supporting the arch. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of this ligament. It causes heel pain often felt the first thing in the morning after getting out of bed or after being active. Stress and strain on the feet increases the risk of plantar fasciitis. Obesity, tight calf muscles, repetitive use, high arches, and new athletic activities are all risk factors for this condition. Plantar fasciitis is treated with rest, ice and special stretching exercises. Also, cushioning insoles may provide relief. Wearing splints at night may help decrease pain. More severe cases of plantar fasciitis may be treated with cortisone injections, physical therapy, and surgery.
A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments that support the joint become overstretched. Ankle sprains may occur when playing sports or doing everyday activities. Stepping wrong on an uneven surface or stepping in a way that twists or rolls the foot may lead to an ankle sprain. Sprains and the pain they cause may range from mild to severe. RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation — are used to treat ankle sprains. Severe sprains may require a brace or cast for several weeks to facilitate healing.
Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that may be associated with playing racket sports. Plumbers, painters and those in similar professions are also at risk. Tennis elbow involves inflammation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow caused by small tears. Tennis elbow causes pain and may be associated with a weak grip. Wearing a special brace on the forearm may help decrease pressure on the sore area. Physical therapy may be helpful. Steroid injections can decrease inflammation. Surgery may be an option for tennis elbow when other treatments have failed.
Low Back Pain
There are many causes of low back pain. Back pain may be due to overuse, such as playing one too many rounds of golf or lifting heavy weights. This kind of back strain usually resolves on its own without treatment. Using proper form when exercising and increasing the duration of workouts slowly can help protect the back. In some cases, it may be necessary to modify exercise technique or perform daily activities in a different way in order to reduce the risk of back injury.
The hip region contains two major bursae. The one located on the outside of the hip is called the trochanteric bursa. The other is called the ischial bursa which covers the ischial tuberosity, more commonly known as the sit’s bones. Inflammation of either bursae may lead to stiffness and pain around the hip joint not to be confused with the true joint pain of arthritis. Overuse from running, cycling, and similar activities can lead to hip bursitis. The condition causes hip pain that tends to be worse at night. Getting up from a seated position may cause pain. Treatment of hip bursitis consists of avoiding activities that produce symptoms to flare up. Physical therapy and steroid injections may be warranted. Using a cane or other assistive device may help take the load off the inflamed joint.
Achilles tendonitis is inflammation that causes pain on the lower back of the leg just above the heel. The area may become painful, swollen, and stiff. The pain worsens after physical activity. The tendon may become thickened and, in some cases, bone spurs may develop in the area. Achilles tendonitis may be treated with rest, ice and stretching can help with pain and inflammation. Strengthening exercises prescribed by a physical therapist may help. Special footwear and orthotics can help take the strain off the affected heel.
Runner’s knee – also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome – is a painful condition that occurs when tendons, joint lining (synovia), and/or other soft tissues of the knee become irritated. Overuse can cause runner’s knee. So can a misaligned kneecap. In addition to pain, runner’s knee may lead to popping and cracking. Switching to activities that do not stress knee joints may minimize problems. RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation to help manage pain and swelling, physical therapy, and orthotics may also provide relief. Rarely, surgery may be an option for severe cases that have not responded to other treatments.
Maintaining knee joint function supports mobility, increases flexibility and may support the ability to exercise longer and more regularly. The knee provides stability, flexibility and strength needed for comfortable workouts and sports-related activities. Knee extension is important for all movements in sports—running, jumping, kicking, lifting, lunging, etc. Maintaining knee health is important for everyone from a seasoned athlete to a weekend warrior.
Sports Injury Prevention
Physical activity is an important part of maintaining overall health. However, certain precautions should be taken to minimize the risk of sports injuries. Using the correct equipment and maintaining equipment can help prevent sports injuries. Wearing the recommended protective gear can help shield the body against injury. Resting between workouts gives the body time to rest and repair. Starting activity slowly and gradually increasing strength, flexibility, and endurance gives muscles, bones, and other tissues the opportunity to adapt to more difficult workouts, minimizing the risk of injury. Finally, listening to the body and backing off at the first signs of pain, discomfort, stress, or overheating will help reduce the risk of sports injuries.
Eventually, everyone succumbs to the natural effects of aging and physical activity as bodies wear down over time, supplements are an important part of the toolkit and high-quality supplements tested and proven are essential for today’s fitness enthusiast. Understanding that the benefits of joint maintenance and active recovery are very real, fitness enthusiasts are more proactive than ever in seeking recovery and improving their performance.
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BENEFITS OF INFORMED SPORT
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Informed Sport was established by LGC with the support of sports governing bodies and key players in the supplements sector. It has since grown to become the global gold standard in sports nutrition quality control and enables supplement manufacturers to offer athletes and consumers the highest levels of confidence and support.
Products carrying the Informed Sport logo have been tested rigorously for banned substances by LGC’s world leading anti-doping lab, using ISO 17025 accredited methods. Every batch of certified product has been screened for banned substances to part per-billion levels, and all manufacturing processes must meet strict standards of quality control.
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All Informed Sport-certified products must be tested before release to market, giving athletes and consumers complete confidence in the supplements they choose for training as well as competition. Products certified by Informed Sport demonstrate the sports supplement industry’s highest level of commitment to quality assurance.
Certification by Informed Sport is a vital mark of reassurance for elite and amateur athletes, as well as for coaches and nutritionists. Certified supplements should also be used by members of the armed forces and other professionals who are the subject of drug testing.
Informed Sport is recognized by a growing number of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) including UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the Institute of National AntiDoping Organizations (iNADO) and sporting bodies such as the Collegiate and Professional Dietitians Association (CPSDA) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
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Why is Banned Substance Testing Important?
We regularly read news stories of an athlete getting suspended due to testing positive for a banned substance. Numerous times, the athlete had taken supplements that were inadvertently contaminated. If an athlete tests positive for a banned substance due to inadvertent doping, it not only costs them playing time, but also millions of dollars, endorsements and the public’s perception of them is tarnished. Based on our surveys and testing, 10-15% of supplements on the market may suffer from low levels of contamination. Even if the contamination levels are low, an athlete may still test positive. Also, athletes tend to take numerous supplements, multiple times per day, to help with recovery and performance which ultimately can increase these levels. If any of these supplements contain even low levels of a banned substance, the accumulative levels could trigger an adverse finding in their drug test.
Banned for Sport vs Banned for Sale
Many athletes who have a positive doping violation have cited that because a supplement was sold in a reputable store, they thought it was okay to use. It’s vital for athletes and drug tested personnel to remember just because a substance is banned by sport does not mean it’s banned for sale. Even though many substances banned in sport are also illegal, there are many available by prescription, or can be found as ingredients in sports and nutritional supplements and available for purchase at retail or online.
UFC Recognizes Informed Sport
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently revised their Anti-Doping Policy to recognize multiple banned substance testing and certification programs, including Informed Sport. This change was made to help protect UFC athletes from doping charges due to inadvertent contamination. Athletes will be directed to only take supplements certified by one of the accredited agencies. According to the statement released by UFC, if an athlete tests positive from a certified supplement, they will not be sanctioned. The recognition is a huge step for Informed Sport and our mission to keep sport clean and protect brands and athletes from around the globe.