We all know that participating in sport is good for your body and mind. However, one of the downsides of participating in sport is the chance of sports injury. Fortunately, sports injury occurs relatively infrequently, so the health and psychological benefits of participating in sports far outweigh the potential temporary downside of a sports injury.
Sports injuries can be caused by:
- An accident – such as a fall or heavy blow.
- Not warming up properly before exercising.
- Using inappropriate equipment or poor technique.
- Pushing yourself too hard.
Almost any part of the body can be injured, including the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). The ankles and knees are particularly prone to injury.
If you’ve injured yourself more than likely you will feel immediate pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement or stiffness in the affected area. Sometimes, these symptoms may only be noticeable several hours after exercising or playing sports.
If you feel pain, stop exercising! Continuing to exercise while injured may cause further damage and slow your recovery. Often you will be able to treat minor injuries at home with ice packs, resting and over the counter painkillers.
If you experience a serious injury such as a head injury, broken bone or dislocation then you will need to go to your nearest A&E department. More serious injuries will require specialist treatment and sports physiotherapy to help the recovery process.
Preventing sports injuries by:
- Warming up properly before exercise.
- Not pushing your body beyond your current fitness level.
- Using the right equipment – for example, wearing running shoes for running, shin guards for football, and a gum shield for rugby.
- Receiving coaching to learn correct techniques.
When starting a new sport or activity, seek advice and training from a qualified fitness trainer or sports coach.
Mend Physio can accurately diagnose and manage your sports injury in the shortest possible time.