Athletic Injuries Essay Research Paper Athletes with

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Athletic Injuries Essay, Research Paper Athletes with Stress Fractures A stress fracture is a painful and damaging injury that can alter an athlete s performance. Not only can stress fractures destroy the bone that has been injured, but it can also cause a long term damaging affect that can cause permanent harm to that bone. The very definition of a stress fracture is a crack, break, or complete shattering of a bone. The most common kind of stress fracture is found in the bones of the ankle. This area is commonly known as the fibula or the outer side of the lower leg. A stress fracture is caused by constant pounding or weight applied to a single area of the bone. This reasoning can be found in the very name of a .stress x fracture. A stress fracture is also a series of

microfractures in the bone caused by repetitive low-grade trauma to that one area. Stress fractures are most common in sports like Track, ballet, and basketball. All these sports deal with the problem of stress applied to the lower leg region. Another theory for the cause of stress fractures is the fatigue theory. This theory assumes that when an athlete is tired the muscle is fatigued and then cannot support the skeleton. The skeleton is then subjected to the constant pounding of the ground; this then creates a small crack known as a stress fracture. I know with myself that I got a stress fracture due to my stride. My stride was wrongfully trained by my constant heals striking the pavement rather than using the palm of my foot to help support the weight of my body. This than

caused a small crack in my left ankle that grew into a stress fracture. I did not find out that I had a stress fracture until several months into my track season. It turns out that my constant pain in both my calves and shins was a way of my body telling me to slow down, due to my stress fracture. After reading a chapter in Athletic Injuries I realized that these side affects only proved that I had the beginning signs of a stress fracture. I spoke of these pains to my athletic trainer at Clackamas Community College and he agreed with me that I should have a doctor look at my ankle to see if I had a stress fracture. Tony (athletic trainer) told me to go see Dr. Soota and have a x-ray done. I had a x-ray done just shortly after tony s suggestion. My x-ray to my surprise showed up

negative and I was more frustrated than ever. Dr. Soota said he still thought I had a stress fracture and set up a time for me to have a bone scan. Sometimes an x-ray does not show the crack due to a stress fracture being so small. Later that week I went back in to meet with Dr. Soota again to have my bone scan. Dr. Soota informed me on the day of my bone scan that I could run regardless of the results of the bone scan. The only reason for this is that Dr. Soota felt that if I did have a stress fracture that I could not make the injury any worse by running one or two races. Just two days after my bone scan I got a call from Dr. Soota advising me not to run on my stress fracture due to my left ankle bone being almost cracked all the way through. Dr. Soota did say I could run on my

ankle, but that me recovery time would be extended four to six weeks more. This meaning that I would not be able to run until the middle of September. This concerned my cross-country coach since cross-country starts the beginning of September. My coaches Jack Kegg and Mike Hicki at Clackamas Community College made the decision. The problem they saw was that my ankle could crack all the way through and cause my ankle to break. Jack Kegg announced to me .Myself nor Hicki will run you if it means causing you long term injury x. This comment really made me think about my ability to actually run a race with the pain I was induring. This topic of contradiction between doctors regarding my stress fracture allowed me to notice that I would have caused great damage to my ankle if I would