This happens due to overusing muscles used in playing chosen sport.
An athlete may experience this type of injury when overworking their muscles while competing, or even in training. It is caused by repetitive stress without allowing time for the body to heal. It is common in baseball, and tennis.
These kinds of injuries are common in contact sports like basketball, and football.
Commonly described as "freak accidents" in sports. Injuries include sprains, fractures, torn ligaments, and muscle strains. May also end one's sports career.
Protect your injury! This is necessary to prevent further damage. This is the first step of the acronym P.R.I.C.E. This is crucial to start the healing process & reduce recovery time.
Compression of the affected area minimizes swelling after an injury. Players can use sports bandages for compression of the injured area. Bandaging should be combined with ice therapy.
Rest, rest, and rest! The athlete must stop activities that might aggravate the injury. Players must know when to stop to allow their injuries to heal, otherwise they may turn into severe ones.
Elevation is the final principle of P.R.I.C.E. This allows gravity to drain fluid away from the affected area. This helps in decreasing swelling and pain. Keep the injured area elevated whenever possible, and continue for at least the first 48 hours.
Ice therapy is essential for new injuries, or after the gym. However, you should try hot compress to help your body relax and loosen up the muscles, but only for chronic pain, never for new injuries!
Have it checked!
If the injury just won’t heal, have it checked by a professional! These doctors know what they’re up against and will almost always have the solution to that pesky injury. After recovery, athletes can get back to playing their sport!
Trizha Oiga is one bubbly individual. Besides playing football, she likes painting, listening to music, and watching TV series. Ever since her injury, she has taken a liking to binge watching series. She says, "it was the only thing that kept me sane while recovering."
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