Most people are looking forward to getting back to training and exercise, which is great and sports can be a wonderful way to keep fit. It is important to know how to prevent and treat minor sports injuries and when to seek medical advice.
Minor sports injuries can range from anything such as bruising and muscle pains to strains and sprains. They can be caused by direct contact, awkward movements of the muscles/joints and overuse or overtraining.
Some of these minor injuries such as sprains and strains can be treated initially using the “PRICE” protocol. This is most important within the first 48-72 hours after injury.
These injuries can also be prevented if you prepare yourself for exercise by:
Sometimes these injuries can be more serious, and it is important that if you have severe pain, swelling or bruising that you should see a healthcare professional such as a GP or Physiotherapist.
For more information about sports injuries click here (https://www.iscp.ie/maintain-your-health/sports-injuries )