Basic Tips on Common Sports Injury Prevention

47410078_sEven though your strong body contains natural athletic strength, power, and the ability to heal itself – you are still susceptible to suffering a sports injury. You must know the basics about sports injury prevention.

Common Sports Injury

There is no reason you should hurt and be sidelined from your sport. Even if you are a weekend athlete after a sedentary work week, you want to take every precaution to avoid injuring yourself. This is true whether regardless of your sport of choice.

Recurrent Injury

Don’t let your fear of injury – or recurrent injury – change up your active lifestyle. Improper performance due to an old and untreated injury will inevitably lead to more harm. You must learn the basics about correctly applying pressure and stress to your body in order to prevent injury or speed up healing.

  • Ankle sprain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Cruiciate Ligament Injuries, such as ACL tear
  • Tennis elbow
  • Patellofemoral syndrome – repetitive motion knee injury
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Gluteal Muscle Weakness
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Abdominal Muscle Weakness

Common Sports Injury Prevention

Every sports activity – especially daily workouts – must begin with a gentle warm-up to prevent injury. A warm-up will prevent most common sports injuries. A daily workout schedule preceded by a warm-up routine will help prevent weekend or sporadic sporting injuries.

Benefits of a warm-up routine:

  • Increases blood flow to muscles
  • Helps flexibility
  • Decreases chance of injury

Listen to Your Body

Be smart and recognize when your body is experiencing fatigue. Muscle fatigue eliminate your innate physical protective reactions and increases risk of injury.

Below are some signs of a sports injury and treatment methods. If at-home treatment methods don’t help, it’s time to seek medical attention from a sports medicine doctor.

Signs of a Sports Injury

  • A joint moves abnormally or looks crooked
  • Inability to balance or bear weight on a limb without it giving away
  • Excessive swelling, tingling, numbness
  • Changes in skin color – bruising
  • Pain lasting more than a few days

P-R-I-C-E

  • P = Protect your body from further injury with splint, pad, or crutch
  • R = Restrict activity by halting your sport until injury subsides
  • I = Apply ice immediately to reduce inflammation – don’t use heat because it encourages swelling and inflammation
  • C = Apply compress with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling
  • E = Elevate the injured area above the heart to reduce swelling

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