Whether it’s football, tennis or cricket that you enjoy in your spare time, it is now easier than ever to participate in your favorite sport in the UK. Fitness in general has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity over the last few years, especially since the London 2012 Olympics galvanised a national interest in various sporting disciplines.
In fact, according to Sport England and Active People, during the year up to March 2015, 15.5 million people aged 16 and over played sport at least once a week in England. But whatever activity you associate yourself with, and even if you are a complete amateur or ready to turn pro, you are always susceptible to picking up injuries.
Many athletes will focus on sports injury prevention so that they don’t suffer with any common or serious afflictions, but any participant in sport should do the same. This includes warming up properly, performing safe techniques in your discipline and stretching adequately afterwards. But, if you are unlucky enough to fall foul of a sprain or otherwise, the right treatment is vital for recovery. As any active person will tell you, sitting still waiting for an injury to heal can be incredibly frustrating!
Below you will find 5 of the most common sports injuries and the best ways to treat them.
1. Ankle Sprain
One of the most common sporting injuries that will leave you cursing for not being careful enough, is a sprained ankle.
An Ankle Sprain is usually a temporary injury, and something that can be healed quite easily with lighter exercise to keep the joint strong. However, in certain circumstances it can be more serious, such as a ‘high ankle sprain’, which can be slower to heal. Professionals recommend a form of treatment called the RICE technique (or Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Try using Bio Freeze Gel in place of ice to remedy your ankle, proven to be twice as effective at relieving pain.
2. Knee Injury (ACL Tear)
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be affected by sudden stops or a change in direction, movements often required in sports such as football or basketball. This can cause stress, tears in the ligament or even worse; the dreaded ‘pop’ sound.
The severity of an ACL injury can range between stress on the knee, to a serious tear that may require surgery. If you are simply suffering with pain around the joint, light exercise will help keep the joint strong but you can also try a nutritional supplement such as Nutriplex. Mixed with milk, water, or even sprinkled over food, it will help with severe inflammation and aid mobility of joints.
3. Hamstring Strain
The hamstring can be affected from over-stretching, especially when running or performing sharp movements in the legs as in certain sports such as hurdling or even swimming.
Depending on the severity of the sporting injury a hamstring strain can be slow to heal - sometimes taking 6 to 12 months to make a full recovery. It is also common to suffer from a re-injury if you’re not careful. To assist in relieving muscular pain, try the Perfect TENS Machine that will help the body release its own natural pain killer.
4. Lower Back Pain
Most often, lower back pain comes from lifting heavy objects or even from using improper techniques during sporting activities. It can even come from sleeping awkwardly, but can have a big effect on movement if not treated.
Back injuries can be extremely serious, but they can equally be a case of muscular strain, depending on how painful it is. Apart from visiting a doctor, you can actively treat lower back pain through mobility exercises and using aids such as Painmaster Micro Current Therapy Patches.
5. Plantar Fasciitis
Quite simply, Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the heel arch in the foot, normally brought about by repetitive strain in a sport like long distance running.
Apart from performing appropriate stretches and performing lighter exercise on your foot, you can also change footwear or wear thicker socks to cushion your heel arches. If it is still painful, try using the Pain Gone Pen to relieve the muscular strain.
A good rule to remember is that when treating any pain, use Ice for injuries to combat inflammation and use Heat for muscular pain. If you are unsure or if pain persists for any reason, it is always advisable to seek advice from a doctor.