Common Sports Injuries

It’s almost time for the Big Game! We see many injuries on the screen, but we too can experience them in our everyday lives.  From pulls, to sprains, there are a plethora of injuries that or bodies may endure. Take a look at the most common sports injuries and learn how to treat them.

Ankle Sprain

A common injury for many athletes is a sprain. Sprained ankles occur when the foot turns inward; this stretches, or tears the ligaments that are on the outside ankle. Sprained ankles can be identified through the tenderness caused within the area.

If you notice that a sprain has occurred it is important to visit the doctor to be sure no bones have separated, and to ensure the healing process can properly take place. Once you are in the process of healing, it is important to exercise to prevent the loss of flexibility and to avoid re-injury.

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Shin Splints

If you are plagued by your shins throbbing after your daily runs, or even just after shuffling behind the kids all day, you may have shin splints. The cause is irritated and swollen muscles due to overuse. Shin splints often heal on their own. It is imperative that you rest your body, as it needs time to heal. You should also ice your shins for at least 20-30 minutes every few hours for at least 3 days.  It can also be helpful to wear orthotic shoe for additional comfort.

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Groin Pull

Groin pulls occur commonly in sports such as soccer, hockey, football and baseball. When you push off in a side-to-side motion it causes strain on your groin, or inner thigh muscle. Most groin injuries can be healed with at home care. The goal is to relieve pain, swelling, and bruising. Rest is key; you should take a break from any activity that may cause you pain. It can take several weeks to fully heal. You will also need to apply ice, or an ice pack to reduce any swelling. This should be done for 10 to 20 minutes at least 3 times a day. If a groin has significant swelling, you should see a physician as soon as possible.

Hamstring Strain

There are four muscles in the back of the thigh that form the hamstring. If just one of these muscles are overstretched or overworked, they may tear causing sever pain. This happens commonly with activities that involve running and jumping along with sudden starting and stopping. Hamstring strains can range from mild to extremely severe. If you believe that you have pulled your hamstring, see a doctor for specific instructions.  

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