Most Common Recreational Injuries and How to Treat Them

Split shins

If you have been running repeatedly or made an abrupt change in your leg workout routine, then you might experience resonant pain coming from the shins. Essentially, when you try to run too fast or too long, the stress will be reflected through a pain in the shins.

On the positive side, a shin split goes away on its own after a couple of days or weeks, at worse. You can always speed up the recovery by using the methods listed several times: RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). As you become stronger in the lower boy section, split shins will soon become a thing of the past.

A dental injury

Chipping a tooth might not be high on your list of sports injuries but all forms of dental injuries are quite common in sports. From another player’s shoulder hitting your mouth to a direct hit by a ball, the danger of a dental injury is ever-present.

The worst thing that can happen is that an athlete loses a tooth or even worse, several teeth. For amateurs, running is by far the biggest danger of knocking out a tooth when you run too fast and land face down in the dirt.

Sciatica

We’ve already mentioned back strains but when the sciatic nerve located in the lower back gets pinched, it’s a completely different type of injury. The pain is intense and it radiates from the lower back down to the legs, most often affecting only one side of your body.

Apart from pinching, the sciatica nerve can be damaged by applying excessive pressure, such as suffering a strong blow, such as the ones seen in rugby or the NFL. This sort of injury is, luckily, only temporary, and in the majority of cases, there is no need for the patient to undergo surgery.

Whether you’re an amateur athlete that likes to jog through the park on the weekends or a professional who lives off his/her athletic performance, sports injuries won’t bypass you. Depending on the type of physical activity, you may split your shins or sprain an ankle but knowing the correct recovery procedure will help you get back into shape faster.

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