Steps for Recovering From a Sports Injury

Posted August 6, 2021 by in Health + Fitness

Whether you are a serious sportsperson, or simply enjoy exercising, a sports injury can completely derail all the progress that you have made. However, a sports injury does not have to mean the end of your enjoyment or performance forever.

In fact, when a sports injury is dealt with in the right way, you can make a full recovery and get back to your peak performance sooner than you might expect:

1. Visit a Doctor

The first step that you should take after you have suffered an injury is to find a sports injury doctor near me. Even if you think that you might be able to deal with an injury yourself, you should go to a specialized doctor. The reason why it’s so important to see a specialized doctor is because they will be able to give you the best advice about how to deal with your injury and which exercises you should be doing to regain strength.

2. Protect the Area

The next step that you should follow after recovering from a sports injury is to protect the affected area. Protecting the affected area can take many different forms, you might use tape to prevent further damage or use support, like a crutch, so that you do not put too much weight on a sensitive point. This step is vital for ensuring you do not end up making a sports injury worse.

3. Rest

This step can be one of the hardest for people who are real sports and exercise lovers, but it is vital in the recovery process. After suffering a sports injury, you should avoid taking any exercise and try to reduce your physical activity as much as possible. You may also want to consider using a walking stick or a sling to take the weight off an injured area.

4. Ice

After suffering an injury you should apply ice to the area for between fifteen to twenty minutes every two to three hours. If you don’t have an ice pack you can always use something that you have at hand, like a bag of frozen peas. Remember to cover the ice pack in a towel or table cloth so that the ice does not burn your skin.

5. Compression and Elevation

The next step, once you have suffered a sports injury, is a combination of compression and elevation. You can wrap the affected area in elastic compression bandages in the morning, which will help to limit the amount of swelling that develops. Your sports injury doctor will advise you on how you can wrap your injury with bandages, but if you forget you can always look up the information on the internet.

As well as wrapping up the affected area during the day you should also make sure to keep it elevated as much as possible. You should raise the injured body part above the level of the heart as this’ll help to reduce the amount of swelling that develops. 

*Photos by Yaroslav Shuraev