The attachment of this muscle below the knee can cause pain problems due to overburdening. This is a common occurrence amongst young sportsmen and women who have undergone a growth spurt. The bones first increase in length, followed only then by the muscles and tendons. Many young sportsmen and women start to participate more frequently in sport, specifically in the period when they experience growth spurts. As a result, particularly this muscle attachment can become strained. The pain is generally below the kneecap (=patella). A Push Sports Patella Brace can reduce the main problem in many cases.
The most commonly occurring knee injury in korfball is irritation of the joints cartilage behind the kneecap. This is an often difficult to localise pain perceived around and behind the kneecap. The pain above all occurs during or after running. During bending and stretching, the knees may ‘crack and creak’ and sometimes swell up following major exertion (korfball match!).
A diagnosis can be made by a sport physiotherapist and/or sport physician. Depending on the diagnosis, the correct measures can be taken. Possibilities include good shoes, muscle-strengthening exercises, stretching exercises and sufficient recovery. In case of complaints, wearing a Push Sports Patella Brace or a Push Sports Knee Brace may help.
An acute thumb injury generally occurs as a result of poor catching technique or the thumb becoming caught on or behind another player. The thumb then bends backwards. The symptoms are pain, swelling of the thenar and restricted movement around the thumb joint. Any movement of the thumb is particularly painful. As the thumb ligament is extended, there is often considerable pain without any clear instability in the joint. In the event of a tear, the pain and swelling increase, and there is greater instability. If the ligament is totally torn away, the pain can be manageable, because there is no further tension on the damaged ligament. However, the thumb is then considerably more mobile.
Following the correct treatment, these problems generally disappear by themselves. The first stage is several days rest. You can then start to gradually move the thumb, guided by the level of pain. In this phase, and when you return to sport, a Push Sports Thumb Brace can protect the joint against pain, and worsening and recurrence of the injury. The way to prevent this injury occurring is to improve catching techniques.