A Sporting Nation: Avoiding and Treating Sports Injuries

Sadly the Olympics is over but didn’t Team GB do amazingly well? I don’t think anyone imagined we would be so successful. I really enjoyed watching the Games and I hope they do ‘Inspire a generation’.

 

Have you been inspired to try a new sport?

London 2012 certainly got people interested in all sorts of sports, which is why I thought it would be a good time to talk about sports injuries. As you can imagine, as an Osteopath I’ve seen all sorts of different injuries over the years. Most of them haven’t been serious but nearly all of them have been painful and have interfered with my patients’ everyday activities.

People tend to suffer different injuries from certain sports as different muscle groups are being used. For example, volleyball players might sprain their wrists or hurt their fingers, footballers are most likely to hurt their legs and feet and cyclists can end up with back pain. Tennis has a common injury named just for it, if you’d like to know more about tennis elbow please read my previous blog.

If you take up a new sport, or perhaps go back to your usual one with renewed vigour, these tips will help you avoid an injury and know what to do if you do suffer from one.

 

How to avoid injuries

By following these tips you should be able to enjoy your favourite sport without any problems:

  1. Always warm-up properly before exercise, here is a helpful guide from the NHS. And don’t forget to cool down too.
  2. Use the right equipment for each sport: wear shin guards for football, a helmet for cycling and a gum guard for rugby.
  3. Try not to push yourself too hard. The saying goes ‘No pain, no gain’ but remember that when your body hurts it’s trying to tell you something – so listen to it!
  4. Be safe. Accidents can happen but if you use equipment properly, take proper care and look after others hopefully you can avoid accidents.

 

What to do if you have an injury

If you do have an injury, stop exercising immediately and seek medical advice if necessary, either your GP or emergency help (A&E) depending on the severity of the injury or accident.

You will need to rest that part of your body to allow it to heal and may find you need over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatories. For any sort of muscle or joint problem please ask an Osteopath’s advice as they will be able to help you diagnose the problem and treat it.

Have fun and if you have any questions please feel free to comment below, I will respond to every question.

 

In health,

John.

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