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ExerciseI am Confused, What Do I Do For Each Type of Injury?
Have you suffered a sprain, strain, stress fracture, bone break, heat exhaustion, dehydration or some other sports injury? How - and how quickly - you mend depends on the injury, its intensity and your body's ability to heal itself.
During the course of working out, there are many potential injuries you can suffer and each has its own treatment. This article is being written to help you the next time you find yourself or in the company of someone who has become injured. Injuries can range from sprains, strains, stress fractures, bone breaks, heat exhaustion, dehydration and so many others. By no means am I asserting that injuries are a necessary component to fitness, quite the opposite, injuries should be prevented and the saying “no pain, no gain” should be replaced with “work hard and listen to your body.” Soreness a day or two after a workout is okay, knee injuries or stress fractures are not.
Take your time and read this article to learn and retain as much as you can and if you don’t have the time for that, print it and keep it with you so you are prepared for an emergency.
Muscle Strain or Sprain (Muscle Pull) – Occurs when a muscle is stretched too far. The time it will take a strain to heal is dependent upon the severity of the injury. In general follow this protocol:
Another course of action is RICE:
Rest for 1 to 5 days
Overuse Injuries are chronic irritations to a body part leading to injury. In this category are carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and stress fractures. If you feel pain in a joint from doing a repetitive motion:
Stop the activity
Stress fractures occur mainly in the feet and legs where the weight of the body is constantly coming down on these areas and should be treated by:
Stop putting pressure on the injury
Heat Exhaustion can escalate from mild to severe in just moments so you need to be ready.
Move out of sunlight or heated area
Broken bones are not a common fitness/ workout injury but certainly can occur. If you are not trained in sports related injuries, treat sprains and strains as possible breaks in the event that there is broken or fractured bone.
Do not allow person to put any weight on the affected area
Dehydration can occur indoors or out but is more likely if you are exercising in hot temperatures outdoors. If you are feeling dehydrated,
Stop your activity and rest
Heart attacks and strokes have been known to occur while working out. The best medical advice is get medical help as soon as possible. Victims of such serious conditions need immediate professional help so call 911 as soon as you think there is a reason. Better to be safe and have the EMT’s come for nothing than to pay the ultimate price.
This is not an exhaustive list of all that can go wrong but a good start for you to be vigilant about your workouts and for those around you. Keep calm and stay alert in all situations.
By Christina Leon, Staff Writer