Sports Treatments

Written by Sierra Rein
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Sports treatments and therapies are meant to help an athlete rehabilitate and heal from a particularly damaging type of injury. They are also designed to focus on preventing possible injuries from occurring. A sports trainer should custom tailor treatments to fit each individual athlete's injury, and incorporate many different methods when necessary.

The most common type of sports treatment is R.I.C.E., an acronym that stands for "Rest, Ice, Compression and Evaluation." This requires that the injured limb be rested and elevate above the heart so that further pain, damage and swelling is reduced to a minimum. A compression wrap around the area will prevent blood from pooling, while ice will aid in lowering the amount of pain and inflammation.

Types of Sports Treatments

A combination of heat and massage is very effective for muscle aches and pulls. Deep tissue massage is great for the deeper layers of muscle tissue that may become tight and tense over months of overuse. Pre-race and post-race massages are wonderful preventative measures, as they help prepare the body and mind for the exertions of the day as well as help to relax overworked muscles and remove toxins in the bloodstream.

Finally, many sports treatments recommend a regiment of stretching exercises, especially before going to bed, after waking up, and before and after a workout. Stretching will increase flexibility, a talent essential for maintaining balance and preventing any future injuries during play. However, it is important not to over-stretch an injured joint past what is comfortable.

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