You know that sports and exercise are good for you but sports and exercise can also leave you injured. These sport-related injuries are often precipitated by factors such as being out of shape to begin with, not preparing adequately for participation, and not warming-up properly. Participating in sports is a healthy lifestyle choice but even the best intentions can lead to accident and injury.
According to WebMD, The four most common sport-related injuries include:
- Ankle sprain
- Groin pull
- Hamstring strain
- Shin splints
Overall, strains and sprains comprise the most common sport-related injuries. Sprains involve painful injuries to ligaments – those tough elastic bands that connect the bones in a joint. Strains, or pulled muscles, are injuries to the muscle fibers or tendons, which attach muscle to bone.
There are, of course, some injuries that you cannot control but there are specific measures you can take to help prevent most sport-related injuries. In fact, many of these injuries are quite preventable. When engaging in any athletic activity, it’s important to take proper personal precautions, and these include:
- Warming up before engaging in any sport
- Avoiding suddenly throwing yourself into strenuous physical activity without gradually preparing over time
- Learning to accurately recognize your physical limitations
If you honor these three rules of engagement, you can help minimize your sport-related injuries. As you become more aware of your muscle fatigue and physical vulnerabilities, you will be able to better manage your risk. You can always participate another time – if you’ve avoided sustaining an injury in the first place. If you do get hurt, stop playing. That is your first line of defense. After that, treatment usually begins with rest, ice and heat, compression, and elevation – all methods that help to minimize pain and swelling while encouraging healing.
If you have a sport-related injury that requires greater care, help from an experienced chiropractic specialist is available.
Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor about Sports Injury Rehabilitation Today
If you do suffer from a sports injury that needs attention, you should not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Tampa Bay Spine & Injury today. As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine and will work with you personally to provide you with the effective and efficient chiropractic care that you need. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for more information on how we can help you find effective relief for your sports injury.