Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hip Pointer Injury Prevention And Recovery

Hip pointers are very painful and are the result of a direct blow to the iliac crest of the pelvis. Hip pointers are common in contact sports such as football, rugby and soccer.

A hard fall can also result in a hip pointer, so it could happen in any sport or physical activity. Hip pointers cause bleeding into the abdominal muscles attaching to the iliac creast and the bone and underlying muscles are often bruised. This makes just about any activity painful, whether it be walking, running or breathing.

Even though protective equipment and technique may help prevent hip pointers, there is usually not much the athlete can do to prevent the direct hit or fall. The athlete may walk with a limp and have difficulty moving the hip away from the body against resistance.

Coming back too early from a hip pointer can cause injuries to other parts of the body. Besides the original hip pointer injury, other injuries can happen when the athlete compensates for the pain with altered technique. Rest from sports activities (with ice and medication for 7-10 days) for the first 1-2 weeks is best.

In part 7 of this series, I will cover how to avoid abdominal exercise injuries.

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