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Preventing and curing the most common sports injuries

Sporting injuries are unpleasant events which unfortunately, cannot be avoided. As a sportsman, if you train daily and make constant physical effort, you are likely to be involved in an accident, which is why you must know which the best ways to prevent a serious injury are. The treatment and recovery plan varies depending on a series of elements, such as the severity of the harm or the body part which has been affected, but generally, there are some tips which can help regardless the situation. Needless to say you must seek professional help immediately, but these are mostly the things you can do to prevent an accident or to stop the injury from getting worse, until you receive medical care.

To begin with, you must not ignore any symptom (such as pain or stiffness) and address a doctor as soon as you notice anything strange, because you cannot evaluate the seriousness of your problem on your own. Superficial injuries, like sprains and strains, are very common and can often be treated at home without medication or therapy. If you know that a certain area of your body has been harmed before or is more sensitive, you have to protect it: use a support, avoid putting too much pressure on it and so on. This way you will avoid further accidents. Another thing you can do to prevent sports injuries is to rest properly. If you feel exhausted, you should start reducing the intensity of the training and avoid hardcore exercises that force your muscles, bones and joints. In case you do suffer an accident, the first thing you should do is put ice on the affected area for about 20 minutes each two hours. Do not apply the ice directly on your skin, because ice burns are likely to appear, but wrap the pack in a dry towel or cloth. In order to reduce swelling, you should wrap the injured part in elastic bandage and keep it above the level of the heart as much as possible.


In case of a severe damage, you must address a specialist, because they will make further investigations to find out the nature of the injury. The doctor will analyze the situation and establish a diagnostic, according to which you will be presented the treatment possibilities you have. The recovery plan may take some time and consist in various techniques, such as acupuncture, massage, manual physiotherapy Ottawa and mobility exercises. You will have to follow the doctor’s recommendations and respect the rest period, and after a while you will be able to return to your training routine.


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