Pain can be a major hurdle in your performance at playing your favorite sport. But did you know pain can be an useful tool in providing information of your injury and also provide the current status in recovery and the need to modify your rehabilitation regimens.
The best pain relief methods
- Ice - for the first 48 hrs after injury.
- Compression - compress or bandage the injured area to limit any swelling & movement.
- Elevation - keep the injured area raised & supported on a pillow to reduce swelling.
All sports have a risk of injury. The most frequent types are SPRAINS (injuries to ligaments), STRAINS (injuries to muscles) & stress fractures (injuries to bones).
To reduce risk of injuries:
- Take time off. Plan to have at least 1 day off from training to allow the body to recover.
- Wear right protective equipments such as pads ,helmets, etc.
- Strengthen muscles- Conditioning exercises strengthens muscles used in play.
- Increased flexibility - Stretching exercises after games or practice can increase flexibility reducing muscle soreness.
- Use proper technique.
- Take breaks. Rest periods during practice & games can reduce injuries.
- Play safe.
- Do not play through pain.
- Drink plenty of fluids before, during & after play.