One of the hardest parts of getting hurt in sports is coping with the injury. Those that get injured may actually try to deny that they were hurt, even after it happened. Getting an injury sometimes leads people to minimizing what actually occurred in their minds which can have a detrimental effect on how they heal. Though this may seem odd, support groups often help people as they heal from their injuries. Talk to those who are around you whether they are friends, family or your teammates. The reason this occurs mentally is because your ego has also been harmed. All we are saying is that to get well as fast as possible, every aspect of you has to be healed at the same time.
One of the areas that can be damaged the most in sports is the neck. This type of injury is quick, traumatic and often devastating. What usually happens is a sprain, fracture or contusion. If the nerves within your neck are stretched too much it can result in something known as a stinger. Sometimes your neck can heal itself without the need of medication however you’ll need to be cautious as it’ll be fragile. This injury is not to be taken lightly because it causes trauma which can surface at a later time. This is why you must be extra careful if you have previously injured your neck.
So, you’ve suffers some sort of injury and now it has been treated. The next step is sometimes unclear, but there are choices you can make. Providing you use some sort of protective clothing you may be allowed to play again.
Or you may not be able to play at all, and on top of that you could be scheduled for physical therapy. Allowing the healing process to go at its own speed is critical, so make sure you follow whatever your doctor suggests you do. What you have to do at this point is nourish your body and give it rest.
You might be treated with the RICE method, however it depends on the type of injury. Rest, ice, compression and elevation is the meaning of RICE. What this will do is help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
Making sure the injured area isn’t moved is very important, which is why extra treatment may involve isolation of the affected area. If the injury is really bad you may need to go under the knife and then have rehabilitation or physical therapy. By applying the RICE method straight after injuring yourself you can assist in stopping the problem from getting out of hand.
Joint strains and sprains, knee injuries, muscle swelling and dislocations are all more common injures from sports. If you have a non-debilitating injury your best to let your body take time out to rest and accept that it has happened. You should avoid getting stressed out about the obvious as it won’t help.