Minor sports injuries do not discriminate. Even if players heed every little piece of health and safety advice, they will invariably still experience minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, bruises and blisters. Such injuries are unavoidable in the world of sport.
Causes of Sports Injuries
- Sudden injuries are the result of a single impact, awkward movement or accident.
- Overuse injuries develop over time due to poor technique or repeatedly overusing certain parts of the body.
Treating Sports Injuries
Injuries that incapacitate athletes and prevent them from playing sport are too common, but can generally be stopped with proper injury prevention programmes.
Creating an Injury Prevention Programme
- Warm up before exercise. Warming up helps physically prepare your body for exercise. Try light jogging or stretching for 15 minutes—you should start to sweat but not feel tired.
- Stretch before and after exercise. Poor flexibility is a common culprit in many sports injuries. Stretching before and after keeps your body limber.
- Purchase proper trainers. Running with inappropriate trainers can wreak havoc on your feet. Get help from a specialist or retailer to find a trainer that fits your feet and matches the sport you play.
- Practise good technique. Regular exercise can actually be harmful without following proper technique. Avoid overuse injuries by always practising good technique when exercising or playing sport.
- Listen to your body. Know your body’s limit. If you start to feel pain, stop exercising. Continuing to do so could cause permanent damage.
- Drink lots of water. Exercising drains your body’s fluids. Replace them by drinking lots of water.
- Eat nutritious food. To expedite your recovery, eat healthy, nutritious meals before and after exercising.
- Incorporate rest days into your exercise schedule. Exercising every day overexerts your body. Schedule days with little to no exercise to give your body a chance to recover. Alternate which muscle groups you train each day to avoid overuse injuries.
- Take ice baths to reduce swelling. Although the evidence is inconclusive, some athletes find taking ice baths after workouts helps reduce swelling and speed recovery.
- Receive regular sports massages. Regular massages by a sports masseur can help with recovery by increasing the body’s blood and oxygen flow.