LLLT in the Immediate Treatment of Sports Injuries, from Club to Olympic Athletes

Date Posted:28 March 2013 

Immediate sports injury management follows standardised protocols of RICE i.e Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and avoiding HARM i.e Heat, Alcohol, Return to sport and Massage.

The use of electrotherapy modalities is commonplace, with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) prominent, though its action in acute injury management is often misunderstood.

LLLT is a valid treatment for acute soft tissue sports injuries as actions at the cellular, organelle and atomic levels plus systemic and organism levels are supported. By understanding these principles of photo-bio-modulation, the rationale for LLLT in the arsenal for acute sports injury management is better comprehended.

LLLT affects living tissue through multiple pathways that are determined by the wave effect of light in addition to the quantum particle effect. These pathways include local, segmental and systematic effects. To be continued...

Phillip Gabel University of the Sunshine Coast

Abstract - LLLT in the Immediate Treatment of Sports Injuries, from Club to Olympic Athletes