One Injury Leads To Another

Experiencing a sports injury isn’t fun, especially when the injury takes you out of the game for a while and also leads to diminished performance for some time. An injury that is a result of a friendly game among friends and then results in an injury that affects your ability to work and go on with your life can be particularly frustrating. Whether a sports injury is very minor or very serious, it’s important to remember that you need to acknowledge the injury and do what you need to in order to recover from the injury. In other words, not treating the injury correctly can open you up to another injury, which opens you up to another and so on until the next thing you know you’re fraught with injuries and in a lot of pain.

In order to fully understand this concept, take a moment to think about how your body works. It’s an intricate grouping of systems which all rely on each other for a variety if things. There is not one part of your body that can function independently of all the other systems. You should also consider the other aspect of your body, which is the fact that everything is interconnected. If you have an injury in your neck, for example, you may find that the pain eventually radiates to your hands and feet or even down your back if you don’t seek treatment and get the original sports injury evaluated and treated. You simply cannot expect your body function at its best if it’s riddled with injuries.

When you experience one sports injury, but then keep going with your regular physical activity, you’re allowing the surrounding areas of the injury to remain weak and susceptible to further injury. Sometimes this can lead to an entirely new injury entirely, and sometimes it just leaves the injured part of your body weaker and therefore easily injured. Consider, for example, a sprained ankle that is taped up but not treated correctly by medical personnel. If the athlete goes right back into the game with the taped up ankle, he or she may be able to avoid further injury to the ankle, but since the rest of the leg needs to work even harder to compensate for the ankle injury there is a much greater chance that a new injury will occur. After all, the hurt ankle forces the rest of the body to make up for the deficit, utilizing different muscles groups in unfamiliar ways. This is certainly a recipe for an additional injury, especially when sports are involved.

Take it easy on your body if you want to avoid multiple sports injuries. While there is nothing wrong with pushing your body to new physical levels, doing so with an existing injury is asking for trouble. You have to allow your body the time it needs to heal before pushing yourself too hard again, otherwise you’ll soon be riddled with sports injuries throughout your body.

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