An acute injury will usually present with:

  • Sudden onset of severe pain
  • Tenderness and swelling
  • Muscle spasm
  • Bruising
  • Limited movement of the injured part
  • Weakness of the limb
  • Difficulty in weight bearing on the limb
  • A dislocated bone, loose or unstable joint

A chronic injury on the other hand presents with:

  • Pain during the game or exercuse
  • A dull or nagging ache at rest
  • Limited mobility