In A World Of Pain: How To Deal With Exercise Related Injuries

It has always seemed somewhat unfair that you can get injured by working out. OK, yes it is the reality of the situation. But you are actually trying to do something positive for your health when you end up causing another problem. Happily, most of us are able to recover from injuries return to our fitness activities. But to do this, we need to make sure that we take the time to rest and get the right treatment. Read on for some more information on how to deal with exercise related injuries.

Identifying The Seriousness of The Injury

Once we have an injury, it is pretty hard to ignore it, because the body tells you there is a problem by sending pain signals to the brain. These are not so pleasant, and so they make you stop what you are doing to avoid further damage.

However, not all injuries are the same. Some are serious and need urgent medical attention. Others are minor, and it may even be possible to train through them or at least finish the race that you are doing.

Training through an injury is a very personal choice that athlete may have to make. Sometimes they think they can soldier on, but it all becomes too much for them.

A good rule of thumb for anyone exercising, and considering doing this is to check whether the pain is sharp or dull? A sharp pain should never be trained through. But if you are in any doubt at all, it is better to halt the exercise that you are doing rather than risk further damage.

Getting it Checked Out

Of course, all pains sharp or dull should be checked out as soon as possible by a medical professional. Most people’s first stop is their general practitioner or the hospital. Both of which services are adept at diagnosing fractures and sprains, as well as shin splints.

However, not all exercise related injuries fall into these categories. So if you are concerned that there is something more to what is going on, remember you can ask for a second opinion, or request to be referred to a specialist.

Following a Treatment Plan

To recover from your injury, you must follow the treatment plan that is provided by your medical professional. It no good just resting most injuries after a few days, if your doctor recommends that you move them.

Remember most parts of the body need to be worked to get your full range of movement and strength back. This is often done through physiotherapy and augmented by the use of a swimming pool or hot tub.

The Health Benefits Of Hot Tubs in the situation are three-fold. As not only do they allow you to take the weight off of the injury by floating, they also work to relax tense muscles, and gently massage the area.

Preventing Re-Injury

One of the most major things that you need to do in dealing with sporting injuries is to take preventative measure to stop them occurring again.

It may be that you need to take up a new stretching routine as a warm up. Or, replace your sports shoe, or even go for some preventative physiotherapy to stop the problem become a recurring one.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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