What are Sports Injuries?
“No pain, no gain!”
“Pain is weakness leaving your body.”
How many times have you heard this? You don’t need to be a professional sports person to have been told either of these.
Whilst it’s difficult to reach our sporting goals without a little bit of effort (and sometimes a little pain as well), we need to think about what the type of pain is.
We should not confuse sore muscles (which testifies to a hard workout) with pain that can come after an injury. They are very different things! If there is pain, more often than not, it is the sign that something is not quite right. You probably need to consult or, at the very least, rest up for a couple of days to see how you feel.
There are a number of different injuries that can occur and this will depend on the sport. It will also depend on the person as things such as muscle strength and conditioning, training and endurance.
Common signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal sports injuries:
What should I do if I have got one or more of these signs/symptoms?
Follow the RICE protocol!!!
R – Rest: Avoid putting any weight on painful area
I – Icing: Apply ice wrapped in a damp towel on the injured area for at least 20-25 minutes.
C – Compression: If there is swelling, use a crepe bandage to compress the area and wrap it.
E – Elevation: Elevate your limb slightly above the level of your heart. This helps the swelling to go down.
Ideally, the swelling will last for a day or two. If symptoms persist, then please contact your GP or Physiotherapist as soon as possible.
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