Sports Injuries

“The game against the Pittsburgh Penguins had barely begun. Skating across the middle of the ice, I was blindsided by a forearm to the head. This shot knocked me out immediately. I flew into the air, lost my helmet, and hit my forehead on the ice. The player who hit me was like a freight train — six foot six, 235 pounds.

The only part of my body he hit was my head, but I suffered a second blow when I landed on it,” writes National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine. It was this hit, in particular, that brought on LaFontaine’s early retirement.Playing sports comes with exhilaration and risks.

Certainly playing a contact sport like hockey, especially on the professional level, comes with the risk of injury. Injuries are part of a professional athlete’s life. But injuries can also take place on a pee-wee football field, the ski slopes, or a local bike path. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.6-3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. And women and girls are just as likely as men and boys to sustain a brain injury playing sports.

Personal Injury

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Common sports injuries

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Muscle tears and strains

These are among the most common types of injury across all sports. The best treatment for simple tears and strains is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). A short course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help reduce swelling. You should start taking it within two hours of sustaining the injury.

Jogger's nipple

Jogger's nipple is localised dermatitis caused by constant chaffing from vests worn for running. You can avoid it by liberally applying Vaseline to the area before exercise. To relieve soreness, use a dilute hydrocortisone cream - but only if skin is unbroken.

Runner's knee

Runner's knee affects people who run outside on pavements and roads. It causes discomfort and a grating sensation or sound behind your kneecap. It's caused by inflammation at the back of the kneecap (chondromalacia patellae). The impact of running on hard surfaces in poor quality shoes is a contributing factor. Add sorbothane inlays to running-shoe heels and run on grass to allow spontaneous healing.

Back strain

Back strain is common after prolonged periods spent with the spine bent forward. It's usually an intermittent and nagging ache that is aggravated by exercise and relieved by heat and rest. Morning stiffness is often a feature. In most instances the best treatment is painkillers plus back and abdominal strengthening exercises for gentle rehabilitation. If symptoms fail to resolve within a few days or weeks, it suggests other causes such as sciatica due to a slipped disc. In which case, see your GP.

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful inflammation of the tendon at the outer border of the elbow. It's caused by overuse of the forearm muscles from any activity, not just tennis. Usual treatments are rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and a special elbow support or 20º wrist splint to allow healing. If these fail, an injection of anaesthetic and cortisone can make a dramatic difference. Surgery may be necessary if symptoms last more than a year, injections haven't worked and there is limited movement.

All exercise is good for health

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body uses up calories. So, if you take in 2,500 calories a day, and burn all those 2,500 calories a day, you’ll stay the same weight. If you burn only 2,000 of those calories, you’ll put on weight. Becoming more active is an effective way to speed up your metabolic rate so that you can burn more calories than you eat.

Regular exercise has a great many health benefits too, including helping to combat diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Also, as your body releases natural feel-good chemicals when you exercise, this can boost your mental and emotional wellbeing, helping you to combat stress and feel happier. Remember to consult your doctor before you start an exercise programme.