Noticing The Signs Of Injury – Early
Sports injury rare for those who look after their bodies, but when it does strike, it can result in being out of action for an extended period. A study published by the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine established that the average injury can take someone out of exercise for three weeks, a significant time for anyone with a fitness plan. The key to managing the risk of injury is noticing it early. By taking a few basic steps and being aware of signs of injury, you can make sure that you don’t fall foul. The first principle concerns hygiene, perhaps not something you would automatically associate with injury.
Exercise, hygiene & signs of injury
Injury is often thought of as something that happens to the muscles, bones, and ligaments below the surface of the skin. However, injury starts externally, with the skin. As outlined by Harvard health, problems ranging from infection to sores can arise as a result of poor hygiene, and these can create longer layoffs or secondary injury from overcompensation to avoid pain. For women, a key area for focus is feminine hygiene. The friction and extra moisture from exercise can create the risk of infection and risk serious injury. Fortunately, maintaining good hygiene is simple. Start with good quality workout gear, and don’t re-use it without washing. Make sure that you shower immediately after every workout, and check for any areas of abrasion or soreness, and treat them straight away. Finally, take preventative action against injury while undertaking basic hygiene.
Looking for soreness
Assessing you body for soreness is crucial. While there’s always an element of tension in stretching and warm-downs, there shouldn’t be any actual pain. If you’re in pain when working out, you should stop – within reason. You must listen to your body and see what feels ‘right’, and then adjust accordingly. Aside from that, you can also take a diagnostic approach to your body. Look at your skin and your muscles, and see if there’s any noticeable redness, difference in shape, or swelling. Get to learn exactly what your body looks and feels like, and you can avoid injury.
Taking a rest
If you do feel pain or soreness, you should take a rest. Studies have shown that recovery techniques such as massage, compression, and hot or cold treatments remove the impact of injury, but the most crucial factor is rest. You should take down the intensity of workouts when you are feeling pain or soreness but still stick to the other rules. Keep looking for further aggravation of existing issues. Maintain your other steps to minimize injury, and continue looking after yourself through the process of recovery. Looking at a small injury and making sure it stays just that – small – is a much better option than aggravating it and having to go down the route of medical intervention or long-term recovery.
It’s as simple as that, but it requires dedication and care. Ultimately, most injury is caused by ignoring signals from your body. If you know your body inside out and treat it with the respect it deserves, you can catch issues before they ever have the chance to impact your workout routines.
About the Author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane Sandwood.
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