What to do After Experiencing a Sports Injury

this post answers the following questions
1. What are the common sports injuries?
2. It is recommended to take a rest after an injury?
3. Why should we consider ice after an injury?
4. What compression does in an injury?
5. What elevation does in an injury?

Getting involved in any type of sport is always good for your body as it keeps you fit and in good shape. Not to mention, sports allow you to spend time and partake in a little friendly competition with family, friends and acquaintances. But with every sport, comes the risk of a sport related injury. A lot of factors play in when it comes to injuries. Sometimes we tend to overuse our muscles without knowing it while other times our body may be too fatigued, which can lead to slip-ups and ultimately, cause an injury to occur. There are also instances where accidental events during a sports game lead to an injury. For example if playing soccer on a wet field, you can accidentally slip and fall and if playing hockey, another player may accidentally hit you with their stick or catch you off guard and hit you with a puck or ball.

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Common Injuries

One of the most common injuries a person can sustain in sports is pulling a muscle. Practically any muscle in our body is susceptible regardless of how much you exercise and take care of your body. Anyone can pull a muscle anytime they overuse it, are suffering from fatigue, or fall in an awkward manner. You can even pull a muscle during warm up exercises because over stretching can lead to a muscle pull. If only a small portion of the fiber in the muscle tears, it is referred to as a muscle pull. However, if most of the fibers are torn, it is known as a muscle tear.

Another common injury that plagues athletes are ankle and hamstring strains. Most sports involve movement from one place to another. Even table tennis requires you to move from time to time. Ankle sprains happen as people accidentally roll their foot to the side while moving, which then sprains the ligaments. Hamstring strains on the other hand, occur mostly while running. If you are involved in any sport that requires constant running, watch out for fatigue as that is the main cause of hamstring injuries. The severity of a hamstring injury can range anywhere from minimal to severe, which would refer to a total tear of the muscle.

Remedies to help the Healing Process

A tested and well renowned method to help speed up the healing process, especially ankle sprains and minor hamstring injuries, is referred to as RICE. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Elevation and Compression. The main purpose of this is to try and significantly reduce any internal bleeding and attempt to make any swelling go away. Sticking to this process always assists in recovery time and will help to lessen the magnitude of the injury.

Rest

When injured, even if you can still move the affected areas, it is highly recommended that you rest your body so you can quickly gain the original movement you had before the injury.

Ice

Consider this: in professional sports, after each game athletes are advised to dip their bodies in a tub filled with ice! The coldness helps provide short term pain relief to their bodies while helping to reduce any potential or current swelling. I am not telling you to do exactly that, but applying an ice pack will surely help!

Compression

Like ice, compression helps reduce the swelling and limits the area that gets swollen. Wrapping a bandage around the affected area will do. If you feel a sensation to that of a throbbing heart, remove the bandage and wrap it again, but this time not as tight.

Elevation

Raising the affected area will also help control the swelling. If the affected area is your foot, try raising it up as high as possible while in a laying position. It may also help to put pillows under your legs to help make this a more relaxing experience. You do not want the blood inside to stir pressure to the affected area so elevating it will prevent this from happening.

With the writing completed by author Sarah Smith, this information is provided on behalf of David W Nadler & Associates.

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