5 Most Common Sports Injuries, Part 1
Hello, and welcome back to the Topical BioMedics blog. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or enjoy a pickup game of basketball with friends from work every now and then, you’ve probably experienced sore muscles afterward. The truth is, sore muscles and stiff joints may be indicators of a minor, moderate, or serious injury sustained during physical activity. Knowing which types of injuries are most common among certain types of sports and activities can help active people treat and prevent sports injuries. In today’s blog post, we will look at some of the most common sports injuries and the best way to treat these injuries. Please continue reading below to learn more.
Whether you took a wrong step while running and rolled an ankle, or came down too hard when you jumped to block a shot, you’ve probably experienced an ankle sprain. These injuries are most common in high-energy sports that involve running, jumping, and pivoting like basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football. These quick-turning movements cause the ankle to twist in awkward positions that force the muscles and tendons to stretch and hyperextend. Ankle sprains can be prevented by wearing athletic shoes with good ankle support and taping the ankle to stabilize the ankle. Sprains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Additionally, applying a layer of Topricin® Pain Relief Cream to the injured ankle, foot, and lower leg can help ease muscle pain and inflammation. For severe injuries, a splint or ankle brace may be necessary to stabilize the ankle as it heals.
The most commonly pulled muscles are the hamstrings, the group of muscles behind your thighs. Hamstring injuries commonly occur during sports involving running or making sharp pivots such as football, soccer, and basketball. Oftentimes, many forget to stretch, hydrate and warm up the leg muscles before engaging in sports. This leads to muscle fatigue, weakness, lack of flexibility, and muscle cramping which can attribute to muscle injuries. The best way to prevent pulled hamstrings is to stretch the legs before and after a physical activity. Make sure to hydrate so that the muscles get the oxygen and nutrients they need for peak performance. To treat a pulled hamstring, apply the RICE method, and incorporate a topical pain relief cream to decrease soreness and inflammation.
The groin muscle—adductor muscles located in the upper-inner thigh that
Shoulder injuries are by and large one of the most common injuries sustained while playing sports. These injuries include sprains, strains, and dislocations as a result of overhead movements, taking a hard hit while playing a contact sport, or repetitive motion in the shoulder joint. Shoulder injuries are frequently associated with basketball, football, hockey, tennis, and volleyball. Proper stretching, exercise, strengthening the shoulder and back muscles, and hydration may help reduce the risk of injury. Treatments for shoulder injuries include RICE and applying pain relief cream to the injured area to reduce inflammation and pain. For more serious injuries, seek a doctor for an applicable treatment.
Tennis or Golf Elbow
Elbow injuries accompany a variety of sports, including golf, tennis, and racquetball. The repetitive arm movements used in these sports can lead to joint and tendon degeneration in the elbow, which causes pain on the outer (tennis and racquetball) or inner (golf) elbow. Tennis elbow limits flexibility and range of motion; however, strengthening the arm muscles, and stretching properly before, during, and after performing these activities can help prevent injury. While RICE and topical pain relieving creams such as Topricin will provide relief for elbow soreness and inflammation, a doctor may recommend specific treatments for this kind of injury.
Use Topricin Pain Relief Cream
The key to preventing these sports-related injuries is maintaining healthy lifestyle habits that include a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, muscle strengthening and exercise, stretching, and wearing good athletic shoes and protective equipment. Another way to reduce muscle and joint pain, soreness, and stiffness caused by sports injuries
Thank you for taking the time to read our short blog series. Join us next time as we continue looking at the most common sports injuries and their treatments.