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Have you recently sustained a sports injury that has impacted your health? Yesterday, we were at the climbing gym and I could feel a pull in my wrist ligament or muscle(I’m an engineer not a doctor so not sure). Did I keep climbing? NOPE! It’s important to know when to stop. Perhaps you have been hurt during a grueling workout or maybe it occurred during an actual game or competition. Regardless, it’s important to approach this the right way and ensure that you don’t make things any worse than they already are. My number 1 tip if you are hurt is to seek medical attention.
Here are some key points to consider while waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
Treat It Immediately
First, you should never ignore or leave an injury. This is true even if it doesn’t seem that severe which hopefully is the case. Sometimes you don’t realize that you are being injured while exercising. This happened to my husband(@CoreyMageeClimbs) a couple weeks ago while climbing. He did pull a ligament or muscle or something and only until the next day did he realize it. He had to change up his workout routine and wasn’t a happy camper. Remember, when you’re playing a game or you’re involved in a competition adrenaline levels can be incredibly high. This can stop you from feeling any pain that might be there. The classic way to treat an injury is always going to be to ice it down but there are other options too. It depends on what type of injury you have sustained and that brings us to the next point.
Consult With Professionals
Unless you have a medical background, you should always consult with a professional if you have suffered from a sports injury. In doing so, you can make sure that things don’t get any worse and that you do get the advice you need immediately. Be aware that these days there are massive advances in medicine that could greatly benefit you. For instance, stem cell therapy is now being used to treat more severe sports injuries such as torn ligaments. This even works for none sport injuries. My family member in her late 60s twisted her knee while working on her mini farm. She couldn’t really walk on it hardly after that. The stem cell treatment fixed her knee(and these were harvested from adults not fetal). Now several years later, she has no trouble getting around. The right treatment could be key to getting you back on track. Be sure to see a medical professional right away.
Don’t Jump Back In
The temptation is always going to be to jump back in the saddle as quickly as possible. After all, they do say no pain no gain. However, this is more often than not a massive mistake. If you get back into things too quickly, you can actually make the injury far worse than it was originally. This means a longer recovery time and that’s probably the last thing you want. You probably think that pro athletes start working out again immediately and sometimes it’s true. But they also have hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay professionals to assess their injury. You probably don’t have this.
Finally, it’s important that you don’t panic. If you’re passionate about a sport that you enjoy, then an injury can seem like the worst thing in the world. The good news is that the vast majority of the time a sports injury will fully heal and you’ll be back on the court or field or climbing wall in no time. It’s only in rare cases where a sports injury irreparably damages your ability to perform. So don’t immediately assume the worst because the chances are that it just won’t happen.
Here’s hoping this helps you understand some of the best ways to deal with a sports injury the right way and the mistakes that you need to avoid. Be sure to follow the advice of your medical professional, so that you hopefully won’t have to worry about long recovery time or sustaining any further damage.
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