Eight-ball is a pool game that is played with 16 balls on a table with six pockets. In standard eight-ball game, there are seven stripped balls, seven solid-colored balls, an 8 ball, and a cue ball. A player or a team is assigned either the group of striped balls or the solid balls. To start the game, the balls are placed in a triangular track and the cue ball is placed anywhere the breaker desires. The balls are scattered with a break shot. Once all of a player’s or team’s group of balls are pocketed, the player or team must pocket the “eight ball” in a called pocket. Eight-ball is the second most competitive professional pool game after billiards, played around the world by professionals, and in many amateur leagues.
Common Eight Ball Injuries
There is a unique set of sports related injuries in eight-ball that may affect players. When playing eight-ball, the neck of a player is hyper extended while the legs are spread open and there is flexion at the abdominal area. This abnormal position can lead to fatigue and muscle strain in upper- as well as lower-body. When muscles are pulled or strained repetitively, numerous overuse injuries can set in. Repetitive motion injuries in the hand and wrist areas are common among pool players that are caused by inflammation of tendons due to repeatedly stressing and straining wrists. The pool players tend to elevate their wrists from a flat position and move them with the fingers, which may cause muscle strains and nerve pressure pains in the hand and wrist area. A tight, tense grip on the cue-stick while playing eight-ball also creates tension through the wrist and forearm, leading to numerous upper-limb injuries.
Following an eight-ball related injury, it’s important that you contact your nearest physiotherapy clinic to prevent further damage to your affected area. An expert at a physical therapy clinic will assess and treat your injuries and musculoskeletal problems. He or she will also check the biomechanics and muscle imbalance to diagnose the exact cause of problem so that it can be corrected to prevent reoccurrence of injuries.
Clinical Pilates – is a group of physical exercises that may help patients with sports-related injuries to rehabilitate and prevent musculoskeletal problems. Clinical pilates has been shown to be very effective in restoring normal movement patterns, improving core stability, and increasing muscular endurance in the upper-limb.
Highly effective electrotherapy treatments help improve movement, strength and flexibility of an affected area. Therapeutic ultrasound is a pain-free treatment that makes use of high-frequency vibrations to heal soft tissue injuries. LLLT (low level laser therapy) uses a low level laser to alleviate the pain caused by joint pain disorders.
Taping and strapping can be used to stabilize ligaments and muscles in an affected area, decrease pain, and improve alignment. Taping and strapping can be used for short periods or for longer periods to prevent further injuries.
Sports Massage – is very effective in decreasing tension in wrist area, improving soft tissue flexibility, and improving blood circulation and blood flow in the upper-limb.
Call our expert therapists at Happy Physio on (08) 9272 7359 today for the best advice on how your injuries can be treated.
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