Do You Have a Sports Injury?

Playing or participating in sports is widely enjoyed across the world by all ages and abilities. As fun as participating in sports is, it does not come without its risks of injury and the need to visit a sports injury clinic. These risks are always there no matter whether it is within competitive sports or even training for health reasons. 

With these risks, there are common injuries that occur participating in sports, but by knowing these and ways to prevent them, can allow a person to enjoy sport more freely without the fear of injuries occurring.

In this blog, you will find out about the most common sports injuries and ways to prevent these injuries to allow you to participate in sports with less of a risk being taken towards potential injuries.

Pulled Muscles

A pulled muscle is one of the most common sports injuries and yet the easiest injury to prevent. Luckily, a pulled muscle is not fatal and is a seemingly low-level injury. A pulled muscle can occur through muscles being overstretched within a sudden movement, and is often due to insufficient warm-ups or stretching.

To prevent pulling muscles every person undertaking in any form of exercise or type of sport should sufficiently warm-up and stretch to ensure the muscles are loose and flexible.

Sprains 

A sprain occurs through a wrenching or twisting of the ligaments within a joint which causes pain and swelling to the ligaments and joints. The pain caused by a sprain can be notable for multiple days and the swelling can also last a number of days.

To prevent sprains it is vital that you stretch properly ensuring that all muscles and ligaments are warm and loose. With the muscles and ligaments being stretched beforehand it allows for a greater range of movement within the joints. This then helps to reduce the likelihood and the severity of a sprain. 

Dislocations

A dislocation is when a bone slips out of a joint that it sits in through excessive force into the joint. This can then slip back in immediately after the dislocation happens through the strength of the muscles and tendons pulling it back into place. However, if this does not happen the bone will have to be physically pushed back into place by a healthcare professional who deals with dislocation.

In order to prevent dislocations, a person must ensure they wear the correct safety equipment that is used within the sport they participate in. This creates a protective layer over some of the areas which are prone to dislocations, for example in rugby some players wear shoulder pads.

Another way to prevent dislocations is to perform exercises to strengthen the muscles around joints, this then, in turn, strengthens the joint itself thus reducing the chances of a dislocation taking place.

Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury that happens through a significant impact to the head and is more commonly associated with contact sports. There are different levels of concussions and these are graded as mild, moderate or severe, all depending on factors such as loss of consciousness, amnesia and loss of equilibrium.

Symptoms of a concussion range vastly, some more notable symptoms than others such as nausea, difficulty concentrating, loss of balance, dizziness and disorientation, headaches or even amnesia. 

There is no real way to prevent getting concussion other than being cautious about your head when involved in contact sports. The time it takes to overcome a concussion depends on the severity and grade of the concussion itself. 

The more severe a concussion is, the longer it takes to recover from it. It can take between two to four weeks to recover from a concussion, which is from the result of simply resting and not being involved with contact sports until fully recovered. Otherwise, this can cause what is called second-impact syndrome, and this can be fatal.

Bone Fractures

There is a common misconception that breaks and fractures are different, but as a matter of fact, they are both the same. A fracture of bone results from a high force impact. 

There are three different types of fractures, a stable fracture, oblique fracture and a comminuted fracture. A stable fracture is where the broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place. An oblique fracture is a fracture that has an angled pattern. A comminuted fracture is where the bone shatters into multiple pieces.

In order to be able to reduce the chances of fracturing a bone, you should undertake some strengthening exercises to strengthen your bones and the muscles around them. Adding strength to the muscles as well as the bones allows for extra support for the bones during impact.

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