To some people, there’s nothing better than stepping out onto the sports arena and testing their talents against people in the region. Whether it’s tennis, soccer, hockey, or anything else, it allows us to see what level we’re at, get fit, and have fun all at the same time. However, it’s not all fun and games. There’s an inherent danger connected to playing sports, and if you play for long enough, you might find that you pick up an injury in the heat of battle. Below, we take a look at a few tips that will keep injuries at bay in the first place and also ensure that they’re not too serious.
Of course, the best way to ensure that an injury doesn’t derail your sporting progress too much is…to not get injured. Sounds easier said than done, right? Actually, there are a number of ways you can keep yourself safe. It is all starts with getting yourself warmed up properly! Your body can’t go from zero to sixty in an instant; it needs to hit full speed gradually. If you’re rushing things along, then it’s likely that you’ll pick up a muscle injury – especially if it’s a cold day. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of your safety equipment: they’re part of the kit for a reason!
Making Sure You’re OK
Not all injuries are instantly apparent. If you pick up a muscle twinge, for instance, then you’ll feel something straight away, but you might decide that you’re OK to carry on. In reality, you’re probably not; though the urge to carry on and compete will be strong, you’ll be doing your body – and sporting career – a much bigger favour if you end the game and give your body a rest. For more serious injuries, check that you’re OK to move before doing so. If not, it’s time to call the ambulance.
It’s unlikely that you’ll have an injury that requires an ambulance to be called, however. But with that being said, just because an injury isn’t life-threatening, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be seen by a doctor. Read more here about the kinds of non-life threatening injuries that can be treated at an urgent care clinic. A nasty laceration, for example, might require stitching – not enough to wait for hours in the emergency room, but important enough to be treated as soon as possible.
Rest and Recover
It won’t be easy, but it’s important that you don’t rush back into the competitive world of sports. If you start playing too soon after your injury, you’ll likely to make it worse, which will keep you out of the game for even longer. Sometimes an injury can have another negative aspect: making a person afraid to play the game because they’re fearful of being injured. This battle is all mental: when you’re ready, throw yourself back into the game. You can start small and build your way up, only playing competitively when your confidence has returned.