Everyone knows how important it is to keep fit and active as part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps to manage weight, boost endorphins in the brain and help keep muscles lean and limber. But sometimes, during the course of exercise, mishaps can happen and sports injuries can occur. Here, we go behind the science of sports injuries and show you how to avoid and help relieve the pain so you can get back to the gym, tennis court or whatever sports you enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle.
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries can happen when you over-exert your body’s joints or muscles. The most common forms of sports injuries are sprains and strains - twisted ankles and pulled muscles are common complaints on the field. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of the body’s ligaments – the tough, fibrous tissue that surrounds a joint. A strain is a stretching or tearing of the muscle tissue. Both can cause pain and discomfort that can last for days.
How should you treat a sports injury?
Time can be the most effective relief for sports injuries, as they repair themselves. However, to ease the pain you endure from the injury you can take a combination of oral and topical remedies, with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ibuprofen to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Take an oral medication that has an anti-inflammatory ingredient like ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling that might be contributing to your body pain. If your sports injury is more severe you may need a brace or splint, so do consult a doctor.
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