Whether you’re a professional athlete, a marathon runner, or simply someone who enjoys casually playing sports with friends, injury is bound to occur. Often, an athlete’s natural reaction to injury is to “rub some dirt on it”, walk it off and get back in the game. Unfortunately, that instinct to keep going is really not in your best interest. In fact, it can take you out of the game quicker in the long run, if a proper remedy is not utilized.
When one thinks of sports injuries, they generally think of a hard hitting running back, a too-tall-for-his-own-good center, or a rambunctious hockey defense-man. After all, injuries are just part of life when you play a contact sport such as these. However, with any sport come injuries.
As the men’s NCAA basketball tournament progresses, we find ourselves on the edge of our seats, hoping for upsets and praying for good competition. It’s no surprise that basketball is one of the most popular sports in the nation, but with the dramatic finishes and amazing comebacks come injury and defeat. It’s just a part of the game.
All athletes get injured from time to time, and the majority of these injuries are minor and easy to recover from. Once you’ve hurt yourself badly, though, like tearing a ligament, the injury becomes a much more prominent part of your life. Throughout the recovery process, doctors may prescribe a variety of therapies to help you resume your daily activities.
With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine underway this week, college athletes from across the country gather in Indianapolis to (hopefully) impress NFL scouts, coaches and doctors. Some will shine and better their pick in the NFL draft, while some will fail to make their mark and go undrafted. Talk about an intimidating job interview.
Whether you’re just getting into a new favorite sport or you’ve been playing for years, it’s likely that you’re going to experience some kind of pain throughout your training and playing. Taking care of injuries and keeping your pain at bay is one of the best ways to ensure that your body is in peak physical condition and that you’re operating at the top of your game.
No one ever wants to visit the doctor and hear the “c-word.” Cancer is a scary diagnosis, especially if you haven’t noticed any signs or symptoms. There’s more awareness than ever surrounding some cancers, like breast cancer, but others don’t receive as much media attention.
Most athletes (and parents of athletes) have been made acutely aware of the danger of concussions. It is estimated that more than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur in both contact and non-contact sports each year. But athletes aren’t the only susceptible population. Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests there are hundreds of thousands of non-sports-related concussions each year.