Sporting injuries can be very painful. They can ruin your sporting fun and also your daily life. A serious injury to your wrist or shoulder could stop you being able to do everyday basic things like dressing and undressing yourself, or washing your own hair. If your back or knees or ankles are injured you might not be able to walk at all for some time and If your leg or another body part is in plaster, even having a shower can become extremely difficult.
Sporting injuries are commonly caused by overuse of a muscle or a tendon, direct impact, or the application of force that is greater than the body part can structurally withstand.
There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic.
An acute injury is an injury that occurs suddenly such as strains, sprains and broken bones, falls,! cuts, grazes and bruise, head injuries and injuries caused by being hit by a ball or other equipment used in your sport.
Chronic injuries are caused by repeated overuse of muscle groups or joints. These are injuries that happen more gradually and are caused by over using or over working a body part or muscle group. Poor technique and structural abnormalities can also contribute to the development of chronic injuries.
To avoid injury, always warm up and down at the beginning and end of active period and drink plenty of water to keep the muscles and joints well hydrated.
If you do get injured, apply quickly the following basic first aid procedure:
Rest – to reduce further stress to the injury
Ice – apply an ice pack for 10 minutes every hour to reduce inflammation
Compress – gently apply bandages towards the heart to minimise swelling
Elevate – raise the injured area to improve drainage.
Always seek proper medical assessment as soon as you can as you may be more injured than you think.
It is also important to let the injury heals completely before getting active again as trying to exercise before the injury is properly healed will only cause further damage and delay recovery.
After a joint or muscle group has had time to heal, you need to help it recover fully by doing the following steps:
After 1-2 days of rest, begin moving the injured joint (without putting weight on it). If the movement hurts, the joint will require more rest.
Moving the joint will help prevent internal scar tissue from restricting the joint’s range of movement in the future.
Once the injury has healed and a full range of motion is possible, you may need to do some special exercises to strengthen the muscles that have been weakened by the injury. Your doctor, trainer or coach should be able to advise you about what is needed.
In general, listen to your body and do your best to distinguish good pain (general fatigue) from the bad pain (jolting or dull pains, excessive fatigue). Struggling to do a bit more might seem like a good idea in the short term, but it could ruin your progress in the long run with a damaging and lingering injury.
Any injury takes time to heal and some can take a very long time. When there is an impact strong enough to cause injury, it always creates a shock wave and this shock wave lodges in the body at the impact spot. The body starts its healing process by getting rid of this shock wave. To accelerate the healing process and to make sure that the injury will heal completely, it is very important to get completely rid of the shock wave that has occurred at the moment of the injury. Once it is gone, the body will heals surprisingly much faster and better.
Craniosacral therapy can quickly remove the shock wave produced by the injury and by working directly on the injured part of the body will accelerate the healing process. Craniosacral therapy will also realign anything that can have come out of place, particularly in knees, ankles and elbows which have a lot of little bones easily dislodged and/or disrupted, and in some cases Craniosacral therapy can avoid having to undergo any form of surgery. An injury treated with Craniosacral therapy will generally heal much faster and more completely than an injury not treated in the same way.
I have worked with a lot of clients who were not healing after a sporting injury despite physiotherapy and massage. They have all told me “I should have come to see you straight away”. It is normal to wait a couple of days and see how the healing is progressing, but don’t wait too long. Injuries will heal much faster if attended to in the early stages of the injury occurring.