Perth Sports Physiotherapy for Common Baton Twirling Injuries – Baton twirling is a popular sport, with an estimated of 12,000 participants in Australia alone. This activity involves twirling a baton, a hollow metal rod that weighs over 200 grams, at high speeds to create patterns and visual images around the body. Some twirlers use more than one baton to promote expression of the body through movement and dance.
Common Baton Twirling Injuries
- ACL tears – ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of four knee ligaments that help stabilize knee joint and control excessive knee motion by limiting joint mobility. An ACL tear is the most debilitating knee injury that can escalate into a chronic problem. Pivoting, cutting, and sudden turns involved in Baton Twirling make a twirler susceptible to anterior cruciate ligament tears. An ACL tear causes significant swelling and pain. The knee of a patient doesn’t seem to be aligned in its normal position, making it very difficult for a sufferer to bear his or her weight.
- Ankle sprains – sprain refers to an injury to the ankle ligaments, which are located above the ankle joint. An excessive outwards twisting of a foot while twirling a baton can lead to an ankle sprain. The typical symptoms include pain above the ankle that increases with the foot movement and swelling across the ankle.
- Groin strains – A groin strain refers to the muscular tear of adductor longus (an adductor muscle group). A groin strain usually strikes those twirlers who perform high-speed activities. The symptoms include spasm of the groin muscles and tenderness in the groin area. If left untreated, a rupture of the adductor muscles will often lead to permanent inflammation of the groin.
How To Determine The Exact Problem
A thorough examination from a physiotherapy expert is necessary to determine the exact problem and the extent of your injury, and to develop an individualized treatment program.
Treatment Of Common Baton Twirling Injuries
- ACL injuries can be treated with a combination of ultrasound, massage, stretching exercises, range-of-motion exercises, balance training and joint mobilization. Special support equipment is also used to protect the affected muscles and ligaments while your injury is healing.
- Physiotherapy treatment for ankle sprains includes rest, compression, ice therapy, massage therapy and elevation. A compression bandage, kinesiology supportive taping, or tubigrip compression stocking is very effective in reducing excessive swelling of the ankle and supporting the injured soft tissue. Massage therapy helps normalize tissue motion and boosts the healing of the injured ligaments.
- Common groin muscle strain treatments include acupuncture, dry needling and heating pads. In acupuncture treatment, sterilized needles are inserted at specific points along the meridians to redirect the flow of energy to internal organs to relieve stress, pain and tension. Dry needling is an intramuscular stimulation technique that involves needling of a muscle’s trigger points. Application of a heat pack to your painful adductor muscle relieves pain and enhances your recovery process.
Baton twirling injuries can be avoided by practicing on a flat area, avoiding wearing faulty footwear, catching the baton with your palm up, and practicing outdoors.
Call Happy Physio on (08) 9272 7359 now if you need expert advice or if you suspect that you need to have an injury checked. You can never be too careful.