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Best Ways to Handle Sports Injuries

Injuries are common for those involved in sports activities. While there’s every possibility of hurting a body part during the play, injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system can be deterred. Some of the common sports injuries like sprains and strains usually cause pain and subside on their own.These are acute injuries that may happen while taking part in some form of exercise or sports.

However, chronic injuries may result from consistent overuse of one particular part of the body over an extended period of time. Symptoms of some chronic injuries include dull aching, soreness, pain during activity and overall uneasiness. 

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Treating Common Sports Injuries

Generally, common sports injuries range from mild to moderate. Mild injuries are a sign that there’s damage of some kind, but things are in place. Such injuries can be treated at home using therapeutic methods. However, there are some sports injuries that may take several months to heal, despite good treatment.

Noted below are some common injuries and specific treatments:

• Ankle Sprain: Most youngsters develop ankle sprain, caused when the foot turns inwards. The sudden turn tears or stretches the ligaments in the outer side of the ankle, which is weaker than the foot. With an ankle sprain, you must exercise and prevent strength or flexibility loss, and the risk of re-injury.

 Groin Pull: When you push-off in side-to- side motion, it causes strain of your inner thigh muscles, affecting the groin. It is very common in baseball, football, soccer and hockey players. The only remedy is rest and ice compression. Getting back to full activity without healing can aggravate the condition and lead to long-term complications • Hamstring Strain: Hamstring is formed by three muscles at the back of your thighs. Due to over-stretching during movements like kicking or hurdling sharply, hamstring strain is caused. It takes time to heal because of constant pressure applied to the injured tissues, especially as you walk. It may take more than 12 months to heal. Rest is the only remedy.                    

 Shin Splints: Pain running down the front of lower legs is called shin splints. Pain in the lower leg could also be a stress fracture which is a far more serious injury than shin splints.The most common site for shin splints is the medial area (the inside of the shin). Anterior shin splints (toward the outside of the leg) usually result from an imbalance between the calf muscles and the muscles in the front leg.Running and jogging can also be the cause.Use either tape or an Ace bandage for wrapping starting just above the ankle and continuing to just below the knee until the pain goes away, which usually takes three to six weeks. OTC pain reliever and ice compression are the other remedies.
• Knee Injury: Common sports knee injuries are anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and patellofemoral syndrome. The former is caused by a sudden cut or hit whereas the latter is the result of repetitive movement of the kneecap, or patella, against the thigh bone, or femur, which leads to damage. Running, basketball and volleyball are the common causes. Patience, low-impact exercises and rest can help. • Tennis Elbow: Tennis elbow is a common problem occurs with a repetitive use of elbow. For instance, tennis players and golfers have to use their elbow quite a lot, which can lead to irritation or tiny tears in the tendons of the elbow. Medically known as epicondylitis, this condition involves the outer part of the elbow only. The easiest treatment for this condition is to stay off the game for a while until pain subsides.
PRICE Principle to Treat Sports Injuries
The PRICE method was developed to treat common sports injuries and get back to the game sooner.

 P: Protection from further injury is the key. For severe injuries, protect the site with a pad, crutch or splint.

• R: Restrict activity. It’s necessary to prevent aggravation.

• I: Ice application. Applying ice to the injured site immediately can prevent inflammation without any side effects.

• C: Compression. Compression with elastic bandage can reduce swelling.

• E: Elevating the injured area. It is the best way to reduce swelling.

In addition, OTC pain relievers may be taken to relieve pain. However, if they don’t work, you must see a doctor.

Medical Attention – Is It Needed?

Sports persons are usually tough. However, it is worth being a little smarter too. If you feel that your injury is not healing as quickly as it should, or you suspect something serious, you must see a doctor.
Noted below are some of the warning signs you should never ignore:
• Bone or joint deformities like a bone moving abnormally or looking crooked – report it to your doctor immediately.
• In case if you fail to bear weight or you cannot use your limb correctly, don’t take chances. See a doctor right away.
• If there’s excessive swelling in the injured site, wait no further.
• Any changes in the color of your skin beyond mild bruises should be reported.
• If your wound doesn’t get better with PRICE therapy, get correct diagnosis.
Treating injuries in due time is the best course of action one can adopt, once injured. Don’t let your pain lingers on! Find an immediate and well-informed cure so that you can enjoy sports for a longer time, without affecting your limbs and health drastically.


Quiz Section !

  1. The strain that causes on inner thigh muscle is?
     Hamstring Strain  Shin Splints  Groin Pull  Knee injury
  2. Tiny tear in tendons of the elbow is called?
     Epicondylitis  Groin Pull  Shin Splints  None
  3. Pain running down the front of lower legs is called?
     Knee injury  Shin splints  Groin Pull  None
  4. Strain caused due to over-stretching during kicking is called?
     Hamstring strain  Tennis elbow  Ankle Sprain  None
  5. Inflammation without any side effects can be prevented by?
     Bandage  Taking rest  Ice application  None
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