How to Prevent Sports Injuries

Sports buffs and athletes already know the health and social benefits associated with regular physical activity. That being said, sporty individuals are all too familiar with the risk of sports injuries. If you get injured, you’ll not only limp in pain but are also likely unable to play for days or weeks. As such, your best bet is to protect yourself from sports injuries by observing the following tips.

Wear the Proper Equipment

There’s a good reason why football players are decked out in bulky uniforms. After all, if you’re going to be clobbered and tackled to the ground, you’d want to be as protected as possible. Whether your chosen sport is hockey or boxing, never forego the designated equipment that can go a long way towards preventing injuries.

Warm Up Properly

You may be excited to hit the field, but make sure to warm up properly before each game to prepare your muscles and avoid injuries. Practice common movements that can stretch out muscles and help them perform better.

Designate Rest Days

Sports activities place a great amount of strain on your muscles, but this same strain helps build them up as well. If you train or play hard every day of the week, however, you might overtax your muscles and sustain an injury. Assign a day or two per week where all you do is rest so your muscles and connective tissues have a chance to repair themselves.

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Common Back Problems: Sciatica

More than 65 million Americans suffer from back problems. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back problems rank among the most common causes of missed work and job-related disabilities in the United States. Oftentimes, a back problem arises from a condition called sciatica.

Sciatica is often characterized by pain due to general compression or irritation of any of the five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is irritated, the patient can experience incapacitating pain, numbness, and/or a tingling sensation at the lower extremities of the body.

Relieving sciatic pain can take anywhere from weeks to years, depending on the cause. Medications are usually the first treatment option for sciatica patients. If medications don’t work, however, the patient may require orthopedic surgery, epidural injection, or even alternative medicines.

The main symptom of sciatica is pain that may be felt anywhere along the sciatic nerve, which can be in the lower back, the buttocks, or at the back of either leg. Pain can range from mild soreness to shooting or severe pain.

Patients with sciatica are generally seen by orthopedists. You’ll want to visit an orthopedic center soon if you suspect you have sciatica.