Athletes know that having a healthy body is one of the most important tools in winning a championship. Our physicians are skilled at treating all types of musculoskeletal problems to help keep players in the game. Sports Medicine focuses on helping people improve their athletic performance, recover from injury, and prevent future injuries. It is a fast-growing specialty and has expanded to all people, not just athletes.
SPRAIN OR STRAIN?
The most common sports injuries are ankle and hamstring sprains, shin splints, groin pulls, knee injuries, and tennis elbow.
Strains are injuries to the muscle fibers or tendons that anchor muscles to bones. That’s where the term pulled muscle comes from. Overstretching or overusing muscles results in tears in the muscle fibers or tendons.
Sprains, on the other hand, are injuries to ligaments. These are the toughened bands that connect bones to a joint. When a ligament is stretched beyond its capacity, it gets torn or deformed, hence the common phrase, torn ligament.
Dr. Thomas LaPorta is fellowship-trained in the field of Sports Medicine and works with many southwest Florida athletes. He currently serves as the team physician to the Boston Red Sox, Bishop Verot High School, City of Palms Classic, and Florida Southwestern University.
GETTING YOU BACK IN THE