All of us have heard of sports injury, concussions and other life threatening injuries to sportsmen. We then wonder whether it is really worth it, with so many injured in the process. The injuries cover a wide range such as injury to the Achilles Tendon, ankle, concussions, Groin pull, muscle strain, head injury, Golfer’s elbow to name a few.
Some other common injuries are sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations. This kind of injury occurs while participating in any type of organized sport or competition and other fitness activities.
Types of Sport Injuries
There are basically two types of sports injuries. One sports injury is what is termed as ‘Acute traumatic injury’, such as fractures, contusions, strains and sprains, abrasions and lacerations. The other type of injury is a chronic injury that occurs not immediately, but rather manifests over a period of time. This usually occurs due to repetitive training, in case of running or due to overhand throwing and so on.
Tendinitis, apophysitis and stress fractures belong to this class of injury. However, whatever the type, it needs to be attended to immediately. Sometimes, you might consider the second category of injuries as not being so important and even ignore the nagging pain in your wrist or that soreness in your feet. Just because an injury is not so dramatic, it does not mean that it’s just going to disappear on its own. If you leave such a chronic sports injury untreated, it will only get worse.
Is Exercising and Sports Good?
The question then arises whether exercising and sports are good for you. Of course, they are good for you, but on many occasions, the sports injury is caused due to improper gear and improper training practices. Many people also get injured, as they are not in proper shape. They don’t do enough warming up or stretching before starting their sports activities, leading to injuries. When you get hurt in any sport, the best thing to do would be to stop immediately.
If you continue to play or run in spite of the injury, it could only aggravate the condition. The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is the RICE treatment, consisting of resting, ice treatment, compression and elevation of the area. This reduces the pain and results in decreasing the swelling as well. Of course, you can also take pain relievers. In some cases, the best solution is surgery.
Foot injuries, such as heel pain can be very common. This could also be due to high arches or because you have flat feet. This does not mean that you should not play sports, but rather that you should take the proper precautions. You could, perhaps, use a special shoe insert, if necessary.
Taking Care of a Sports Injury
You could get sports injuries in any part of your body. It is important to wear helmets, in case of contact sports and for activities, such as biking and skating, so that you can at least avoid head injuries. Neck injuries can also be very dangerous. If you have any injury, such as swelling, pain, stiffness and so on, you should immediately see a doctor. The most important thing is to stop whatever sport is causing the injury and get the condition diagnosed and treated.
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