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Sports Injuries

Whilst playing sport and doing exercise is good for your health, it can also cause injury. Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury and where it is. Although almost any part of the body can be injured, the most common areas include the ankles and knees.

How to prevent sports injuries

  • Warm up properly before exercise, and stretch when appropriate after.

  • Don't push yourself too hard. Knowing when you've reached your limit in terms of your current fitness level is very important.

  • Learn the correct techniques - get coached or go to classes.

  • Use the appropriate equipment - running shoes that fit correctly and so on.

What should I do if I think I have a sports injury?
  • Stop exercising - however long you think you've had the injury. Further exercise can actually slow down recovery time in addition to making the injury worse.

  • If the injury is severe, go straight to Accident and Emergency.

  • If it's a minor injury, you probably won't need to see your doctor. It might be a good idea to do so however if it doesn't seem to be getting better. 

  • To treat a minor injury yourself, the NHS recommends resting the body part for 48-72 hours. This will prevent any further damage. You can also apply ice for the same amount of time to reduce any swelling.

  • Over-the-counter painkillers can also help to relieve the pain, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Specialist treatment and support for sports injuries

In some instances, for example if your symptoms don't disappear in the time you would expect them to - days or weeks - or if they are particularly severe, your doctor might refer you for specialist treatment. This might involve:
 
Physiotherapy
This can be particularly helpful for those recovering from long-term injuries. The physiotherapist may use techniques such as massage, and exercises to improve strength. They may also develop an exercise programme to reduce the risk of the injury re-occuring.
PRICE therapy
If it's only a minor sprain or strain, PRICE therapy (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) can be used at home for two to three days when the injury is minor. You can read more here.
Corticosteroid injections
A corticosteroid injection may be recommended if you are suffering from continued (or severe) inflammation. However, there are side effects and for some the pain relief is only minimal.
 
The following therapies may be helpful for Sports Injuries

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