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Sport Injuries – Facts and Prevention

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“Because of the contact nature of the game and the speed with which it is played, the brain is vulnerable to injury. Trauma may occur through direct contact to the head or face or indirectly through a whiplash effect. Injuries to the brain are characterized by an altered state of mind. It is the altered state of mind that is the key thing to look for with any head injury.

NOTE: Children are more sensitive to the effects of a concussion and will need to have a longer period of rest prior to returning to activity and the sport.

A concussion is a common injury, but since they cannot be detected on x-rays or CT scans, they have been difficult to fully investigate and understand. Fortunately, there have been many important advances in our knowledge of concussions, including how to identify, manage and recover from a concussion. Although concussions are often referred to as ‘mild traumatic brain injuries’ and often resolve uneventfully, ALL concussions have the potential for serious and long-lasting symptoms and so must be treated carefully and in consultation with a physician.”

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The Seven Most Common Sports Injuries

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After a sedentary work week, end-zone catches and 36-hole weekends can take their toll in common sports injuries. The seven most common sports injuries are:

1. Ankle sprain
2. Groin pull
3. Hamstring strain
4. Shin splints
5. Knee injury: ACL tear
6. Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
7. Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

To see how to prevent and treat these common sports injuries — and to learn when it’s time to look further than your medicine cabinet to treat sports injuries— read on.

The most common sports injuries are strains and sprains

Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the tough bands connecting bones in a joint. Suddenly stretching ligaments past their limits deforms or tears them. Strains are injuries to muscle fibers or tendons, which anchor muscles to bones. Strains are called “pulled muscles” for a reason: Over-stretching or overusing a muscle causes tears in the muscle fibers or tendons.

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7 Ways to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

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Sports is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle but can often become a risk of its own. Excessive training, inappropriate training techniques and incorrect use of sports equipment can lead to sports injuries. By the same token, structural abnormalities such as a weakness or imbalance of muscles, joints or the spine can also be causes that result in injury.

Since the news of NFL admitting that brain injury is a direct result of head trauma, experts have been debating on how to deal with sports injuries and whether putting one’s health at risk is even worth it. In the aftermath of an injury, health specialists focus on not just assisting in the sportspersons’ recovery but also in their return to top-notch performance. In some cases, however, sports injuries can be so severe as to end the sportspersons’ careers altogether. What’s more, some players face the harsh reality of a complete collapse in their overall quality of life due to a debilitating condition.

Besides trauma to head and other body parts, common sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing severe damage. These types of injuries can lead to pain and debilitation preventing the player from enjoying the sport they love. Some are even forced to retire from the sports they have built their careers around.

Needless to say, prevention is better than cure. Below are some tips to help prevent sports injuries.

1. Ensure you have a good night’s sleep. Research indicates that insomnia increases the risk of sports-related injuries.

2. Before getting in the field, ensure that your sports gear meets safety standards. Check for any damage and make this a part of your routine.

3. Take at least one day off every week and at least one month off every year to allow the body to recover. Also, don’t forget to take breaks within a session. Experts say that rest time is crucial in reducing sports-related injuries.

4. Strengthen muscle groups as such as the rotator cuff during practise so that they’re in the best position and ready for play.

5. Don’t use overuse any part of your body because it can result in poor mechanics and even injury. Avoid fatigue at all costs because it can take away natural protective mechanisms of the body such as response time.

6. Don’t aggravate any areas with chronic injury by playing without complete rehabilitation.

7. Stay away from poor practice habits like not warming up or cooling down properly. Getting warmed increases blood flow to muscles and gets one more flexible.

Coaches and mentors can have a great impact on the risk levels of sports related-injuries. There should be a first-aid kit handy on site at all times and coaches must ensure that appropriate help is provided. Sports injury rehabilitation can come in the form of physiotherapy or chiropractic and can treat a range of conditions such as a strains, tendonitis, shoulder dislocation, sprains, ankle dysfunction, etc.