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Why Is Immediate First Aid Important For Athletes?

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Persistence, endurance and commitments are the key characteristics of a successful athlete. You get good at what you do after devoting countless hours of blood and sweat into workouts, practice, fitness regimes, and diets.

Accidents and injuries are a part and parcel of an athlete’s life; however, with effective prevention and first aid strategies the severity of injuries can be reduced.

Neglecting an injury and working through the pain can put an end to your sports career. Get first aid immediately to avoid detrimental consequences.

Why should you seek immediate first aid?

After sustaining an injury, your body requires time for recovery. Working through the pain and delaying treatment can not only cause discomfort but also lead to many other musculoskeletal problems. Here is what happens to your injuries, when left untreated.

Concussion

Sports requires strength and endurance, but not at the cost of your health. Blows to the head are quite common in most of the sports. Take them very seriously!

Head injuries can lead to a concussion, which causes a blackout, headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, loss of equilibrium, ringing in the ear, sensitivity to noise and light, and in some cases, memory loss.

Concussions are recognized as mild traumatic brain injuries that need immediate medical attention. Leaving them untreated can cause following health issues:

  • Blurry or loss of vision
  • Lack of attention
  • Memory loss
  • Vertigo
  • Emotional imbalance
  • Epilepsy
  • Swelling in brain

Don’t take head injuries lightly and get treated immediately.

Fractures

Athletes are so accustomed to pain and discomfort, they end up neglecting fractures. They discover the injury after it starts presenting severe symptoms like swelling, bruising, or protruding body part.

Balancing body weight becomes difficult and you feel a grinding sensation in the fractured area. Leaving fractures untreated can result in excruciating pain, bone deformity, joint and nerve damage and bone marrow infection.

Immediate first aid attention ensures correct alignment and reduces chances of further complications.

Soft tissue injuries

Sprains, tears, and strains are widely ignored, as they are less serious injuries compared to others. But soft tissue injuries can severely impact your performance and keep you from giving 110 percent to the game.

Avoiding treatment keeps you in constant pain and discomfort, restricts mobility, and leads to arthritis development in the affected joints.

Prevent sports injuries by practicing proper warm-up exercises, using right exercise equipment and setting healthy limits for your training. For all your pain and injuries visit Divergent Health Care’s Sports Injury Clinic in Calgary.

Their experienced staff offers a wide variety of sport treatment plans, which includes a mix of chiropractic, trigger point therapy, physiotherapy, PRP treatments and custom orthotics.  Call 403-909-8111 for immediate care.

About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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