All of us are aware of the health benefits of staying active. Indulging in sports is a great way to rejuvenate the mind and body. However, physical activities come with their own risks. An injury can occur if you push your body beyond its limits, have inappropriate form during physical activities and don’t warm-up properly beforehand.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, snowboarding, cycling, rugby and hockey are activities that account for the highest number of brain injuries. While most injuries can’t be avoided on the field, giving first aid training to players and staff can prove beneficial at preventing injuries from getting worse and even fatal.
Here are some common injuries related to sports.
Sprains and Strains
In a joint, the bones are connected together by bands called ligaments. When these ligaments are stretched beyond their limits, they’re deformed. Sprains develop when ligaments undergo injuries.
Strains develop when muscles are over-stretched and undergo tearing. Strains can also develop as a result of injury to the tendons—a cord of collagen tissue that connects muscles and bones.
Icing, compression and resting can alleviate pain during sprains and strains.
Over-using the elbow—as in golf or tennis—can cause tearing of the tendons in the elbow. This strain causes pain and inflammation in the elbow joint. It occurs commonly in people aged between 30 to 60 years.
Outstretching the groin to the extreme can cause strain in the muscles in the groin and the inner thighs. A groin-pull can occur in sports such as baseball, soccer and hockey. It is advisable to cease playing when a groin pull occurs. First aid treatments, such as icing and compression, are necessary to prevent matters from growing worse.
Close to the heel, a tissue called the fascia can suffer from inflammation due to too much running or jumping. Symptoms of a Jogger’s heel include sharp pain in the heel—especially after prolonged standing. One of the quickest ways to alleviate pain is through icing.
Knee injuries can be classified as: ACL tear and Runner’s knee.
The ligament that connects the knee and leg bone is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament—ACL. Sudden blows can damage this ligament. In extreme conditions, the ACL can completely tear and result in impairment of the leg. This can only be treated with surgery to restore movement.
With repetitive movements like running or bending, the tissue beneath the kneecap can undergo strain and be damaged. Symptoms of a Runner’s Knee include swelling around the knee, popping sounds from the kneecap and extreme pain in the knee while running or bending.
While accidents can’t be avoided, injuries can be prevented from getting worse. It is crucial for a sports facility to introduce first aid training courses to its staff and players. A team that is well-aware of the potential dangers of sports-related injuries and the ways to counter them can guard each other’s safety on the field. If you’re looking for extensive first aid training courses to introduce in your sports facility in BC, Canada, contact Metro Safety Training. Their comprehensive emergency first aid training courses have helped save countless lives.