The human mind and the human body as a whole can only take so much if we do not play or rest. In this regard, it is important for you to engage in sports and other activities once in a while. The good thing about sports is that it exists in a wide variety. There are different games each of them having its own significance to the human body.
In fact, some sports are known to engage all the muscles in the body. Every cloud has a silver lining, in the same way, everything known to man has its pros and cons. When it comes to the world of sports, the biggest problem that participants normally face is the risk of injury. Many sports injuries are serious injuries. The most common sports related injuries are:
1. Muscle pulls
Muscle pulls happen across the board and this is in all sports. It can happen to any muscle in the body. It is normally caused by sudden movement of a muscle with quite a substantial amount of force. When this happens, muscle fibers normally go beyond their capabilities thus leading to a lot of pain and discomfort. It is important to have a regular work out and stretch before undertaking any activity that involves a lot of muscle movement.
2. Spraining of the ankles
This is yet another very common injury that can also occur across the board. It can occur when you are playing, or when you are stretching and working out in preparation for the game. It involves sudden and involuntary twisting of the foot which in turn strains the support fibers and ligaments in your foot. When this happens, the area around your ankle often swells up. It has different levels of severity namely mild, moderate and severe. When this happens to you, you should rest, place some ice on it to ease up the pain and reduce the swelling. It is also advisable to make use of a brace for ankle to keep the ankle in place and also reduce on the discomfort.
3. Runner’s knee injury
Like the name suggests, this injury normally affects people who run a lot whether as an exercise or as part of the game they play. It is causes the dislocation of the kneecap either up or down its groove. When this misalignment happens, there occurs some friction between the kneecap and the groove thus causing a lot of discomfort as well as friction related wears to the kneecap. Simple exercises can help prevent the problem.
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