How to Eliminate Sports Injuries and Get Back on the Field

It’s going to happen. No matter how careful you are, you’re going to get an injury if you’re active. It may be something mild, such as a pain or a tightness, or it could be something way more serious. But how do you fix the problem so you can get back to working out? In this article, we’ll break it down for you.

Signs of Having a Sports Injury

According to the Roman encyclopedic Aulus Cornelius Celsus, there are three ways you can figure out if you have an injury.

Dolor-

This is Latin for “pain,” which is par for the course with most injuries. If something hurts when it shouldn’t be, you may have an injury.

Tumor-

This is Latin for “swelling.” Not to be confused with cancerous tumors, this simply means that your skin is a bit swollen. It’s your body protecting itself, but it’s also a sign something’s up.

Rubor-

This means “redness.” Your skin turns red because of the blood that flows to the area of injury, which helps speed the healing.

These simple rules can help you find a sports injury. Now then, let’s look at some common injuries.

Muscle and Tendon Injuries

If you’re active, you’ll probably get this at some point. Tendons are the things that keep your muscles and bones together, and if they stretch too much, you may be injured. According to many medical books, you have three classifications of injuries.

Mild Strain

The sign of a mild strain is some pain that isn’t too intense. Swelling may occur, and if it does, it’s usually very little. You may have stretched your tendon or your muscles too much or you may have had a tear.

How Long Does it Take to Heal?

It may take up to three weeks to heal. Treat it yourself for best results, and give your injury resting time. If you keep pushing it, it may become more serious.

Serious Strain

For serious strains, you’ll definitely feel the pain, and it’s easy to track because it throbs. You will see swelling because you’ll be tearing more muscle fibers, even though they’re still not completely torn. You’ll feel tender and bruised in the part you’re injured at, which is because the blood vessels are damaged. You may feel like you can’t move that area. That’s due to the swelling.injury_ligament_02

How Long Does it Take to Heal?

It may take up to six weeks to heal, three at the least. You can treat this yourself, but you should consider profession treatment as well.

Severe Strain

As the name implies, it’s severe. You’ll hear the pop, feel as you can’t move your muscles, and you may actually see the tear. These are all signs that you’ve hurt yourself pretty badly. In addition, you may get a fever, and you’ll see the swelling, that’s for sure. The majority, if not all, of your muscles fibers are now torn, and you’ll see all the injuries signs.

How Long Does it Take to Heal?

It may take over three months to heal this injury. You should immediately seek help through an emergency room and get yourself some professional care.

The Healing Process

If you want to know more about how to body heals itself, here is how the minor strains get repaired.

Destruction Phase

This occurs from day one to three. Blood covers the injury, the muscle fibers that are broken die, and you’ll see swelling.

Repair Phase

All the dead tissue is eliminated through breaking down. You’ll see regenerated muscle fibers and returning blood capillaries. Scar tissue will form in this phase. This occurs from day three to 14.

Remolding

The muscle fibers return and mature, organizing the scar tissue to the injury so that you have increased motion. The muscle will regain its functions in this phase. This occurs from day eight to 21.

Ligament Injuries

Ligaments connect your bones and give your joints support. They tear less often that muscles, but you may strain, tear, of even break your ligament at some point.

Mild Sprain

The fibers in the ligament are damaged. You’ll feel pain and see swelling at this point.

Moderate Sprain

Because of more fibers being damaged, you’ll see more swelling and feel more pain. Motion may be limited at this point.

Serious Sprain

Your ligament will rupture, and you’ll feel it! Your joints lose their stability, and you’ll swell up badly.

Chronic Injuries

These injuries occur from your body being overused. A few examples include carpal tunnel and lower back pain, which can be caused by overuse of muscle, too much strain, and being in an incorrect posture.
Symptoms include mild swelling, throbbing pain when you use your muscles or joints, dull aches even if you’re not using them, and more. Seek professional help if you notice any of these.

There are more injuries out there, and they’re no fun. Make sure you stay safe and don’t strain your body too much, and if you do, seek treatment immediately.

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Mary Goforth

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