Physical injuries not only play a large role in individuals that play sports, but in individuals that are non-athletic as well. The ability for a physical injury to alter the quality of life can be devastating to the individual and effect their physical and mental capabilities and outlook.
It is important that each individual "listen to" and be "in tune" with their body and understand the difference between "good" pain and "bad" pain. In other words, there can be pain when performing a physical activity that is to be expected and there can be pain that is not normal and is a sign that an injury is occurring or has occurred.
For example, when strength training there is a burning sensation that occurs as the specific muscle group begins to fatigue - This is a normal part of strength training and should be expected. However, if while performing a strength training shoulder exercise and a specific pain occurs in the shoulder that is different than the normal burning sensation; it may be a signal that some portion of the shoulder is being overstressed.
In addition, individuals that regularly exercise may experience soreness, tightness, or fatigue a day or to after a workout. Again, this can be normal as the body requires time to re-build and replenish itself. However, if an individual feels pain in their ankle for 3 or 4 days after an aggressive run it may be a sign that an injury has occurred.
The physical injuries section has been broken down into three sections to allow each individual to rapidly locate a specific injury type that is of interest to them.
In the event that an injury occurs, it is important to consult a medical professional as soon as possible as, if left undiagnosed and untreated, the injury may worsen and cause even greater damage. More importantly, if left untreated, the injury may elevate to a level where the individuals entire lifestyle is effected.