Care And Prevention Of Athletic Injuries

Written by Devin Flanigan
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From turf toe to a full ACL tear, athletic injuries can range from the annoying to the life threatening. More often that not, though, athletic injuries are simple bruises, sprains and strains resulting from impact trauma or from joints being moved past their standard range of motion. These injuries can often be prevented and treated to a large degree by the athlete him or herself.

Good nutrition and hydration are crucial to keeping one's bones and soft tissue strong and healthy. Stretching and the application of moist heat before activity can ensure ample blood flow to make the muscles pliant and elastic. Cooling down, stretching and applying cold therapy after activity reduces swelling and inflammation and will help the body to recover more quickly for the next round of exertion.

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Rest is an important part of any injury rehabilitation, but it is important to make sure not to get too much of a good thing. Excessive rest can atrophy the muscle and limit future range of motion. Use cold therapy to numb a healing joint and then perform simple movement exercises to make sure that you don't lose the full use of your injured joint.

Wrapping joints with tape or neoprene braces before activity can limit their range of motion and help to prevent injuries that result from excessive and improper movements. If you do not have access to an athletic trainer, most drug, discount and sporting goods stores have a wealth of injury prevention products for sale. The Internet as well is a great resource when it comes to the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

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