What types of injuries happen while playing sports?
Sports are an excellent way to get and stay active and provide the opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, they can often lead to injury, as well, especially in those that are not regularly active, those who don’t warm up, and those who play contact sports, like football and rugby. The types of injuries that can occur during sports will vary, depending on the sport and the movement required. Common injuries include:
Do I need to see a doctor for a sports injury?
Many sports injuries benefit from the R.I.C.E. treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This can help, especially if you follow within 24-36 hours after injury. In addition, sports injuries need time to heal, which can be frustrating, but necessary if you don’t want to worsen the injury and prolong your healing time.
However, if you are using the RICE treatment, but experience any of the following, you may need to seek additional medical treatment:
- Severe swelling
- Continued or severe pain
- Lumps or bumps that are visible
- Crunching, popping, or grinding sounds in the joint
- Inability to bear weight or weakness in the joint
Serious sports injuries may require rehab, physical therapy, or even surgery. If your injury doesn’t seem to be healing, additional medical attention is advised.Note that young children who lack the ability to understand or communicate about a broken bone may stop using the particular body part, stop walking, or experience unexplained or uncontrollable crying.
Should I go to the ER for my sports injury?
Some sports injuries are severe and warrant a trip to the emergency room. Seek emergency medical care for any of the following:
- Visible or suspected fractures – especially open/compound fractures
- Blows to the head, especially if the individual was unconscious for any amount of time
- Difficulty breathing
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