Injuries can happen at any time, by anyone. We can certainly train and prepare players to face the demands and requirements of their sport of choice, but injury prevention is simply prevention. Although we cannot prevent an injury, we can still reduce the chances and risks by providing players with careful training and strategic recommendations.
Sports will push the bodies of its players very hard in varying ways. Overexertion or overextending oneself can lead to injury. Every player faces this problem at some stage of his or her career.
Common Sports Injuries
- Ankle sprain
- Pulled muscle
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Shin splints
Suffered an Injury?
1. Get an Assessment, then Consult With Your Doctor
You might be thinking that you are fully fit and ready to start playing again, but keep your overall health in mind. Consulting with your doctor before jumping back into the game is crucial.
Many times an injury needs special attention by you, your doctor, and oftentimes a therapist. The drawback of pushing yourself too quickly is that you can aggravate your injury, sometimes even worsening the issue. Talk with your doctor, take things slowly, and listen to what your body says when it comes to healing.
2. Get Screened Quickly. Determine the Cause, and Bounce Back Slowly!
After being cleared by your doctor or therapist, try to determine the reason why you were injured.
- Did you over extend or over exert yourself?
- Was your injury a result of not listening to your body, or was it an accident?
Take your time once you’re ready to get back to the activity you love most. You want to avoid reinjuring yourself at all costs.
3. Listen and Respect Your Body
Hard work and attention towards the sport you love most is important. Make sure you pay close attention to any hint of pain, especially in the area that was previously injured. Provide your body with a chance to work its way back to full movement and function, never force it. Keep the intensity of work and play low after making a comeback from an injury.
4. Rest, Diet and Hydration Are Important
Often, rest can be the best medicine, especially in regards to an injury. Returning to your game too soon can increase your chances of getting injured again. Rest. Be attentive to your diet and hydration. Stay focused on your health once you move from the sidelines back to the field.
5. Physical therapy
Physical therapy can be extremely beneficial after an injury. Therapy not only helps you recover from an injury, but it can also prevent injury in the future. Your therapist can recommend soft tissue techniques, cupping, dry needling, recovery pumps and even cryo. Make sure that you follow their protocols and suggestions to help speed your recovery. Stay positive and return to the game you love after allowing your injury to heal, not sooner. Most injuries are temporary, and can be overcome by following guidelines and recommendations given to you by your doctor and/or physical therapist.