Orthopedic sports injuries: advanced imaging modalities, return-to-play criteria, and injury prevention


  • Abdullah F. Aborukbah Department of Orthopedics, Al Thager Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Hisham A. Elbashir Department of Orthopaedic, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, England
  • Mohammad R. Alajmi Department of Physiotherapy, Al-Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • Faten S. Bin milhah Department of Physiotherapy, Alsorah Alshamil Hospital, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
  • Yousuf K. Shagdar Department of Otolaryngology, Ohud Hospital, Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Naif A. Albadrani Department of Family Medicine, King Saud Hospital, Unaizah, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammed M. Ashoor Department of Pediatrics, Al Aziziyah Children Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Aminah H. Alali Department of Orthopaedic, Prince Saud bin Jalai Hospital, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
  • Shahad A. Aldohayan College of Applied Medical Sciences, Buraydah Colleges, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz M. Alqahtani College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulaziz M. Asiri College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia




Sports medicine, Athletes, Radiology, Musculoskeletal injury, Orthopaedics


Orthopaedic sports injuries encompass a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions resulting from the physical demands of athletic activities. These injuries can vary from acute, such as sprains and fractures, to chronic overuse syndromes like tendinopathies. Prevalent due to the global enthusiasm for sports, they affect bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. The etiology of these injuries is multifactorial, stemming from biomechanical stressors, training methods, genetics, and environmental conditions. Advanced imaging modalities like magnetic resonance imaging and Computed tomography have revolutionized the assessment and diagnosis of these injuries, aiding in treatment decisions and return-to-play criteria. Injury prevention is paramount and involves understanding intrinsic (athlete-related) and extrinsic (environmental) risk factors. Strategies include pre-participation screening, strength and conditioning programs, biomechanical analysis, neuromuscular training, proper equipment use, rule changes, education, and creating a safety-conscious culture. Effective prevention reduces the burden of these injuries. Treatment strategies range from conservative approaches to surgery, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Emerging trends in sports medicine, including biologic therapies and telemedicine, offer promising avenues for improved diagnosis and recovery. The holistic approach to orthopaedic sports injuries encompasses prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, ensuring athletes' well-being and longevity in their chosen sports.


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How to Cite

Aborukbah, A. F., Elbashir, H. A., Alajmi, M. R., Bin milhah, F. S., Shagdar, Y. K., Albadrani, N. A., Ashoor, M. M., Alali, A. H., Aldohayan, S. A., Alqahtani, A. M., & Asiri, A. M. (2023). Orthopedic sports injuries: advanced imaging modalities, return-to-play criteria, and injury prevention. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 11(1), 392–397. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20233829



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