Dealing With Athletes Most Common Injuries

Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, injuries are bound to happen! Here’s a look at some of the most common injuries.

  • Low back strain: The weekend warrior is especially vulnerable. Without regular and proper strength training an activity like soccer or baseball, that requires a lot of kicking or rotating, can cause undue low back strain.
  • Neck whiplash: While most common in car accidents, whiplash can also occur during contact sports. An injury to the soft tissue of the neck, it’s usually caused by sudden and unanticipated movement of the head—backward, forward or sideways.
  • Sprained ankle: This injury can occur with a physical contact sport or without contact as when someone inadvertently steps into a hole, off a curb or looses their footing. For those with frequent ankle sprains or weakness, multiple strength training exercises can prevent future injury.
  • Jammed Fingers: From hammers during home fix it projects to balls during basketball scrimmages, jammed fingers are a common occurrence. No athletic conditioning offers protection. To treat, use ice and traction to reduce discomfort and swelling.
  • Bruising: Bruising is common in contact sports as well as with at home adventures! People often wonder if there is any way to treat these lingering black, yellow and green marks. The answer is yes! Icing will actually get bruise to heal much faster. Also taking arnica (oral and topical) can be very helpful as well as vitamin C, E and K. Consult your doctor for proper dosage.

At LGCWC we also offer kinesiotaping which is often used for treating sprains.

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