One of the most important rules to remember when participating in any sport is to play it safe to avoid injury. Unfortunately, strains and sprains can happen to even the most practiced athlete.
According to the National Institutes of Health, most sports injuries and accidents are caused by poor training practices or improper gear. Occasionally people get hurt because they're not in shape.
Some of the most common sports injuries include: knee injuries, swollen muscles, Achilles tendon injuries, shin pain, fractures, and dislocations.
If you suspect you are injured, stop playing. Pushing through the pain may get you to the end of the game, but it could cause damage in the long run. Any injury that results in swelling, numbness, intense pain or tenderness, stiffness, or loss of flexibility should be taken seriously.
A doctor will usually prescribe rest and ice to help decrease swelling. Pain and anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen may also be prescribed. Splints, casts and surgery could be needed, depending on the severity of the injury.
If your doctor has asked you to sit on the sidelines while you heal, you can stay fit without making your injury worse. Ask about physical therapy and cross training activities like stationary cycles, swimming, water therapy and rowing machines.
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