29 Jun Common Sports Injuries – Treating Then Before They Get Worse
If you’re someone who enjoys playing a specific sport on the weekend, whether it is baseball, basketball, football, tennis, hockey, or if you run, jog, or workout, you are a candidate for a sports injury. Whether you are in great shape, in decent shape, or out of shape, you can be injured while enjoying a sport you love.
In the US each year, it’s estimated that there are 3 million sports injuries. Most of these are the type that will heal within a fairly short amount of time. Sometimes a person who is injured will suck it up and continue to play rather than sitting out the rest of the event. Often this can exacerbate the damage or lead to the individual getting an even more serious injury.
Also, a sports injury may become worse because the athlete decides to not have it examined by a doctor. If you do suffer an injury while playing a sport, it is important that you attend to it in a timely manner. Not doing so can simply complicate the situation.
10 Most Common Injuries
The 10 most common sports injuries listed below tend to be fairly benign. Yet, all should be attended to carefully, as not seeking help for an injury can affect mobility, heighten pain, and take you our of the game for an extended period of time. The most commonly experienced sports injuries are:
• ACL Tear
• Ankle Sprain
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Groin Pull
• Hamstring Strain
• Lower Back Strain
• Muscle Pull
• Shin Splints
• Tennis Elbow
Of those listed above, the ACL tear and concussion are perhaps the two most serious. When you rip your ACL you often face surgery and a long recovery period. Concussions, if not treated properly or if they are reoccurring, can lead to various other serious problems, including those related to diminished cognitive abilities, and heightened emotional problems.
Prevention and Care
Weekend warrior and sports enthusiasts can prevent injuries or lessen the chance of suffering one by following some simple guidelines. Many of these are based on common sense, but sometimes common sense eludes us just prior to going into the fray.
• Make sure you eat something nutritional an hour or two before
• Have the right equipment
• Take time to warm up and stretch
• If you require a special brace or other supportive equipment use it
• Have plenty of water with you and keep hydrated
• Inspect the playing surface or field before the event
• Play at the right level; don’t get in over your head
• When you need a break take it
• If you are injured, take yourself out of the mix and assess what’s happened
It is important to follow some basic steps if you are injured.
• For sprains, bruises, pulls, etc. ice it
• Be gentle to the injured area
• Accept help if you need it getting to your car, going home, or contacting urgent care
• If you think you may have a concussion do not continue to play
• If you think you have a concussion get urgent care.
• If you have a serious limb, joint, or other type of injury get medical attention
• Follow all orders from your doctor, including those related to rest, medicines, heat/ice, and reassessment
Whatever sport you like to play make sure that you make smart choices prior to going on the field or in the game, during the activity, and after it’s over. Don’t overexert yourself, carefully monitor your body, and stay focused. Have a good time, and if you do suffer a sports injury attend to it immediately.
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