Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However sportsmen of all ages and abilities run the risk of injury.
Many injuries result from inadequate or inappropriate preparation or playing on an existing injury, although accidental injury can and does happen.
Inadequate or inappropriate preparation prior to sporting activities. Warm up exercises - to increase blood to muscles, making them more flexible. Cool down period - to prevent next day stiffness
Too much training or repetitive activities. Pain occurring during or after exercise should not be
Improper shoes or equipment
Incorrect technique - commonly occurring injuries in golfers and weight lifters
Collision - in contact sports - Rugby, football, hockey etc.
Returning to exercise too soon following an injury
If an injury is sustained and severe pain and immediate swelling occurs, seek medical assistance.
Otherwise, follow RICE: Rest Ice Compression Elevation
always warm up properly before sport/exercise
wear the correct shoes and use the right equipment
if you have an injury, make sure you are fully recovered before starting to exercise again
Seek medical advice
Seek advice from your healthcare professional if an injury is sustained and severe pain and immediate swelling occurs