This first part will focus on the soft tissue injuries that a bodybuilder or strength athlete may incur and the important first steps one should take to ensure a speedy recovery. It will not go into specific injuries and is not meant as a comprehensive guide or a replacement for professional medical advice. Click on images for further info.
Please keep in mind that asking “some dudes I know at the gym” does not constitute medical advice!
Also, it is important to note that injuries to the head, neck, face, or spinal cord; bone fractures, breaks, or injuries with excessive bleeding, are beyond the scope of this article and may require immediate medical attention.
First, some definitions:
Muscle: OK, so you know what a muscle is.
Tendon: Fibrous connective tissue serving for the attachment of muscles to bones and other parts.
Ligament: (Joint Ligament) A band or sheet of strong fibrous connective tissue connecting the articular ends of bones, binding them together and facilitating or limiting motion. It is important to note that ligaments have little if any flexibility. There are other parts of a joint that can be injured, such as the meniscus, but you don’t really want this article to be that long…
The two basic soft tissue injuries are strains and sprains.
Strain: A trauma, tear, or rupture to the muscle or musculotendinous unit from violent contraction or excessive forcible stretch. Can also….