Sports Injury SOS
Ready, steady, ouch? Sports injuries can happen to anyone, anytime. Here’s how to deal with them to ensure a speedy recovery.
Injury SOS: what you should know about sports injuries
Getting active has a lot of benefits for your health to offer. Sometimes – particularly when people overdo it or don‘t properly train or warm up – these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries.
The downside of getting active
The term sports injury, in the broadest sense, refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm-up and stretching.
Although virtually any part of your body can be injured during sports or exercise, the term is usually reserved for injuries that involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons.
Fortunately, even though there are acute or chronic cases, most sports injuries, especially those due to adaptational processes or instabilities, can be treated effectively, and mostly you will be able to return to your previous satisfying level of physical activity after an injury. Even better, many sports injuries can be prevented if you take the proper precautions.
Joints can swell and suffer from inflammation and redness. They can become immobile, in which case your range of motion may be reduced. Typical joint injuries are knee and elbow injuries.
How do joint injuries occur?
Joint injuries are often seen after falling in contact sports, bicycle and car accidents.
Pain, stiffness, weakness, instability, swelling and locking may be symptoms of joint injuries.
Find out what to do about them here…