Some sports injuries can masquerade as less serious injuries and be overlooked by the athlete or brushed off as no big deal. In other cases, an athlete may believe they have a serious injury and a doctor may fail to find anything major or even misdiagnose an injury. Such missed or misdiagnosed injuries often result in delayed healing, and in some cases lead to chronic pain and an injury that never heals properly.
Some of the most commonly missed sports injuries include:
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Scaphoid Fracture
- Stress Fractures
- Talus Fractures
How do you tell if you injury is serious?
You can start by learning the most common sports injury warning signs, and understanding that exercise shouldn't cause pain. Discomfort, perhaps, but not pain. Pain is an important warning sign of physical harm or injury. During exercise, pain is your body's way of telling you to stop doing what you are doing before you develop a serious injury.
Have you ever had a sports injury missed or misdiagnosed?
What do you think went wrong? How did it affect your long-term outcome? Do you think your sport performance suffered from the missed injury? What have you learned from the experience?