As humans, exercise and being active should be part of our everyday lives. For a lot of us participating in sports is a great way to have fun while being active.
The Most Common Sports Injuries Are:
Sports injuries come in two categories:
Prevention is key when it comes to sports injuries. Learning about the correct and safe ways to participate in your activities and having the right gear are important elements in injury prevention.
If you’re in a team sport, qualified coaches can guide you. For an individual activity, ask participants with more experience or find a personal coach.
If you feel pain during your activity, you should stop. Continuing can injure you more. If you have concerns about a sports injury, check with your health care professional.
You can reduce the chances of an injury
Sports medicine is a specialty that focuses on prevention and treatment of sports injuries. The goal of sports medicine is to maximize function and minimize disability and time away from the activity, work or school. Sports medicine covers a range of topics of interest to anyone who is active.
Self-treatment of minor injuries often starts with an approach know by the acronym RICE:
Rest — Stop or reduce using the injured area for at least 48 hours. If you have a leg injury, you may need to stay off it completely.
Ice — Put an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times per day. Use a cold pack, ice bag or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel. The towel protects your skin from freezing.
Compression — Elastic wraps are commonly used to compress an injured ankle, knee or wrist to reduce swelling. Don’t wrap so tight it hurts.
Elevation — Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart to help decrease swelling. Use a pillow to help elevate an injured limb.
If you have questions about a sports injury, see a health care professional. A number of resources are available online to find and share information about making our fitness and fun activities safe and enjoyable.