Sport and exercise are the most important roles in a healthy life, however with such an active and demanding lifestyle their are risks. Injuries may be occur in any moment during practice, training, and in games or matches. An accident, not warming up properly, not using any safety precaution, pushing yourself too hard, overuse and poor technique are some reasons behind the most common sport injuries.
Long distance runners and rugby players can have a high risk of overuse injuries mostly because of their nature of practicing courses.
Common sport injuries we see most:
- Muscle Pull: – This is most common sports injury and can occur in any sport, and in any muscle of the body. Overuses, muscle weakness or lack of salt can be the cause to a muscle pull. Muscle pulls happens while you are worming up, engaging in your sport or training. There are ways to warm up, and exercise to prevent these injuries. However, the important thing to do is to always pay attention to your body. You should be aware of minor aches and pains. These minor muscle pains are often signals that you should take it easy, stretch more, or perfect a technique. Don’t ignore minor pains, they eventually become big pains when ignored.
- Ankle sprains: – Football, basketball and tennis are some sports which ankle injuries can occur. Mostly ankle sprains happen while changing direction, Jump or foot rolls to the outside. Ankle sprains are probably one of the most common injuries in athletes. They are a nuisance to most, because they are minor, but take a lot of attention to heal. With this injury it is important to rest, elevate, and ice your injury. This will reduce the swelling and help improve your recovery.
- Concussion: – This is very serious among athletes. Especially for Football and high contact sports. Dizziness, confusion, throwing-up (vomiting), headache and amnesia are some symptoms for early signs of a concussion. Personality changes and memory disturbances are late concussion symptoms. If you experience a concussion it will be important that you consult your physician. They may prescribe a CAT scan of your head to make sure there isn’t any severe damage to your brain. Again, Football players it is very important that you take concussions seriously. There are a number of studies with very worrisome data on collegiate and professional Football athletes who have experienced concussions as a sports injury and have had some fatal and concerning results from their concussions.
Research shows that athletes who have repeated concussions are more likely to get long-term brain damage, including a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that mimics dementia. Former NFL players who have had CTE include the late Junior Seau, Chris Henry, and Dave Duerson. – Source
- Torn cartilage: – This happens mostly in knees with a server pain. Torn cartilage is especially damaging to knees, elbows, and shoulders. When you have any joint pain it is important that you consult a physician and get treatment. While you might not have a severe injury, you will want to treat the pain immediately. What if you ignore the pain? This is one of the worst things you can do for torn cartilage. When joint pain is ignored, you can actually grind down your cartilage until your joints are bone on bone. This is a serious matter because once your joints get to this bone on bone phase there is no turning back.
In some cases, after the initial knee pain and swelling, the knee joint settles down and normal activities can be resumed. This is because the tear in the Meniscus is small or the flap does not affect the joint mechanics. However, in the case of a sporting individual, if the flap causes knee locking or giving way, then surgery is required. –Source
- Back strain: – This injury is experienced by almost every sportsmen/women. Awkward twist, poor technique while practicing, heavy lifting become the subject for back strain usually. Worm up and proper technique can prevent back strains. If you experience back problems or pain while you are active in your sport, or in daily activities, please see a Chiropractor to see if you have bigger issues with your back or if there is a treatment they can prescribe you. Back pain is a serious issue, this is one of the most important parts of your body as an athlete. If you are a young athlete, you should not be experiencing this pain and should consult your physician if it persists.
- Knee pain: – This is an extremely common symptom of an injured knee. Sudden force to the knee, regular practice or changing direction within second can cause knee pain if their has been an injury. If you have knee pain it is important to see a Dr. right away. You might be in need of an MRI to really assess the level of the injury.
- Broken shoulder: – Fully or partially broken fracture yet another common injury in sports. Arm bone and collar bone fracture can happen when you fall or add a blow to the shoulder.
- Tennis Elbow: – This injury mostly popular among with tennis players. It doesn’t mean it’s only applied to them. Golf players and the players who use their wrist to put some spin or do snapping movements repeatedly can to cause in server pain in elbow.
Treating Sports Injuries:
A common sports injury could take months to heal, this is why you should start treating sports injuries immediately.
We need to act immediately after an injury occurred. Protection, elevation, icing, compression and rest are some instant treatment provide in very minute after injury occur. We can call “PRICE “(Protection, Rest, Icing, Compression, and Elevation) therapy in treating sports injuries. This mostly suit for minor injuries like minor muscle damage and mild sprain. However, if you have a major injury it is important to see an immediate opinion of your doctor. This is especially important for injuries in the joints.