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Whether you are a dedicated athlete or someone who enjoys playing sports with friends once in a while, you are at risk of suffering from a sports injury. The most common sports injuries include muscle sprains and strains, ligament injuries, and concussions. If you are going to play sports, you should understand a bit about sports injuries, how to prevent them, and how to treat them.
A sprain is the stretching and the tearing of a ligament, most commonly in the ankle. A strain occurs when you overstretch a muscle or a tendon. Strains commonly occur in the hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh and the back muscles.
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head. There are several degrees of concussion from minor to fatal. Concussions occur most commonly in football and hockey.
There are a few ways that sports injuries can be avoided. First, you should warm up for 10 to 15 minutes before playing. Walking, light jogging and muscle stretches are great ways to warm up. Next, you should make sure that you are wearing the necessary equipment for the game that you are playing. For example, if you are playing football or hockey, you should wear the required pads and helmet. If you are playing baseball, you should wear a helmet when you are batting. Finally, make sure that you stay hydrated. When you are active, you can become dehydrated faster. Even if it isn't very hot outside, you should still drink plenty of water.
A: Stretching is essential in preventing a sports injury.
If you have a strain or sprain, you need to rest. For the first few days, use the RICE therapy. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
You can take medication such as ibuprofen for the pain and acetaminophen to reduce the swelling. If you suspect a concussion or a broken bone, you should see a doctor. Finally, you can make an appointment with a chiropractor. They can help with the pain and increase your range of motion.
If you are suffering from a sports injury, you should make an appointment with Nystrom Chiropractic Group in San Rafael. We can create a treatment plan that will help you get back on the field, faster.
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