RELATED INJURIES...HOW SERIOUS ARE THEY?
There were approximately 20.3 million sports mishaps in the U.S. in 2002, but
most were very minor: ankle twists, scrapes, bruises, sprains, strains and jammed
fingers accounted for a majority of these momentary setbacks. 11.2 million injuries
(53%) were self-treated (or untreated), while 6.1 million (30%) did not even
hinder subsequent participation in the sport or activity; only 3.4 million sports
injuries were serious enough to require Emergency Room treatment....
"Pre-habilitation" is nothing new to many professional athletes and trainers,
but it is now becoming more widely recognized by the mainstream medical community
and individual athletes as a means to help eliminate the possibility of an injury
before it ever occurs.