How to Alleviate over 100 Common Sports Injuries


hip injury

The following rehabilitation methods and medical procedures can be used to relieve pain associated with many common types of sports injuries. However, in the event that an individual suffers a physical injury, it is always recommended that the individual visit a medical facility and allow a medical professional to diagnose and prescribe the preferred path for rehabilitation.

By doing so, the individual will not only be better informed as to the specific details and severity of the injury, but they will also be more likely to shorten their recovery time and increase the probability of achieving a higher level of functionality and use as well.

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (R.I.C.E.)


Utilizing the methods of rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can be an excellent first step towards treating a sports injury while in the comfort of your home. The intent of the R.I.C.E. method is to reduce the inflammation associated with the injury and to reduce the level of pain. More specifically, the R.I.C.E. method is designed to address injuries associated with soft tissue (i.e. muscles, ligaments and tendons).

The R.I.C.E. method is simple to implement and can be performed virtually anywhere and in a short period of time.

Taping


Taping can be used to apply pressure to a large number of injury types. For instance, taping will reduce the level of pain associated with blisters, turf toe, heel spurs, bunions, bruised heels, ruptured Achilles tendon, patella pain syndrome, sprained ankles and tendonitis. The athlete should securely wrap the tape around the injured area. However, the area of injury should not be wrapped so tightly that it begins to inhibit blood flow into and out of the area of injury.

Stretching


By stretching the muscles, ligaments and tendons associated with the injured area, pain can be reduced. This approach can assist in reducing the level of pain associated with stress fractures, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, inflammation of tendons, Morton’s Syndrome, heel spurs, Achilles strain, pulled muscles, tendonitis, Haglund’s syndrome, Sever’s disease, tight calf muscles, cramps, compartment syndrome, shin splints, strain on hamstrings, patella pain syndrome, rupture of adductor muscles, piriformis syndrome, and many other injury types.

Sports Massage


foot injury

A sports massage requires the athlete to see a professional sports massage therapist who is qualified to give a deep tissue massage, is familiar with the structure of the skeletal frame and all soft tissue, and understands many of the various types of injuries.

Depending on the severity of the discomfort, multiple sessions may be required to reduce the level of pain associated with the specific injury type.

Massages are helpful for people that suffer from tight calf muscles, stress fractures, inflammation/ruptures of peroneus brevis tendon, sprains, peroneal tendon dislocation, tendonitis, cramps, shin splints, compartment syndrome, and many other injury conditions.

Strengthening


Exercises designed to strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons associated with the injured area are helpful in many cases as well. This approach can be effective in reducing the pain associated with tendonitis, golfer/thrower’s elbow, tennis elbow, inflammation/rupture of biceps, inflammation of tendon, rotor cuff strain, impingement syndrome, tight muscles in the lower and/or upper back/neck, lumbago, piriformis syndrome, and many other ailments.

Sports Rehabilitation


Sports rehabilitation is another viable approach for an individual who has suffered an injury. It is important that the injured individual ensure that the sports rehabilitation specialist with whom they are working is a professional licensed doctor and/or physical therapist. The doctor/physical therapist will prescribe a specific routine targeted at rehabilitating the area of injury.

Sports rehabilitation is effective in treating the following types of injuries and well as several additional types as well:


Although the techniques described above are useful in alleviating pain resulting from sports injuries, it is always best to consult a professional physician before attempting to treat your own injury. By doing so, you will better facilitate the recovery of the injury, reduce the time needed to rehabilitate the injury, and avoid exacerbating the injury due to improper techniques and approaches.

elbow injury

While the occurrence of physical injuries are part of virtually every sport, there are several techniques and methods that can effectively reduce the probability of many types of injuries from occurring. For example, it is imperative that you spend at least 5 to 15 minutes warming up and stretching prior to every practice and/or actual game.

In addition, it is also important to make sure that you are in good shape and that your body is capable and prepared to play the sport. In other words, you need to train on your off time so that your body is in good physical shape before and during the season in which you are playing the sport.

While no individual can escape some form of an injury when playing a sport for an extended period of time there are precautions that can be taken to reduce the probability of an injury occurring. By consistently focusing on the approaches and techniques that can be used to reduce the probability of an injury you will not only extend the duration in which you can play the sport, but be able to live a long, healthy, and injury free life as well.