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Sporting the Sports Injuries

With the weather being just right, many of us are indulging in our favorite outdoor activities. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in injuries. While visiting your nearest urgent care center is always advised in the case of an injury, it is important to know how to prevent and treat common sports injuries.

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Strains & Sprains
Strains and sprains are the most common kinds of sports injuries. A strain happens when a muscle fiber or tendon is stretched or torn, while a sprain happens when a ligament is stretched or torn. However, the injuries are easily preventable. Stretch/warm-up before every exercise session, wear properly fitting shoes and eat a balanced diet.

Groin Injuries
Groin pulls are characterized by pain, tenderness or swelling in the groin or inside of the thigh. They are common in sports that require running such as soccer or baseball. If you have a groin pull, you can ice the tender area for 15 to 30 minutes every few hours to speed up the healing process. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can help bring down the pain.

Knee Injuries
Running, volleyball and basketball can often result in knee injuries, such as jumper’s knee. Working out the quadriceps muscles (the muscle group at the front of your thighs) is a great way to help strengthen the area around the knee.

Ankle & Wrist Injuries
Ankle and wrist sprains can be alleviated with ice compression. The ice brings down inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm and pain. It is recommended to use it on the impacted area for 15 to 20 minutes every three to four hours, at least during the first 48 hours after the injury.

Give injuries time to recover. Most mild sports injuries will heal on their own if given rest and care. However, stressing the injured muscle group or limb within a few days after it heals increases the likelihood of re-injuring it. If you are unsure about restarting a sport after an injury, consult your medical provider.

While these preventive and corrective measures can help alleviate common sports injuries, it is important to remember that there can be no substitute for expert medical advice. Always see a doctor if your bone looks crooked, abnormal, or if the pain does not subside within 4-5 days, despite icing, compression and elevation.