Top three ways to cope with sports injuries

There’s no denying that sports are a useful means of  physical activity, which helps you stay healthy. Playing sports cures various mental and physical issues like:  controls weight, boosts self-esteem, builds muscle strength, strengthens immunity, teaches discipline, and inculcating problem-solving skills. Unfortunately, injuries are a relatively common outcome associated with playing sports. Injuries can be devastating for an athlete, and although the physical consequences are most noticeable, the emotional and psychological effects often go unnoticed.
Some of the most common physical injuries are ankle sprain, hamstring sprain, knee injury, groin pull, and tennis elbow. There are also some emotional injuries: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Injuries often become aggravated when you don’t pay attention to warning signs. Here we present you with some of the best ways to cope with sports injuries.

•    Seek support- If you are injured, one of the things to do is to seek support from family and friends. Remember; do not isolate yourself as this might have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. For a speedy and smooth recovery, you must also take help from a doctor, trainer or qualified therapist.

•    Stay positive- Athletes find it difficult to have a positive attitude while coping with an injury, and in turn they tend to feel disturbed and have low self-esteem. They frequently feel sad that they will not be able to play their favourite sport until they fully recover. One must look forward to a positive future by setting new goals. Indulge in some cross-training and focus on becoming stronger each day.

•    Rest and recover- To get back to your normal routine, it’s key to take good rest and seek advice from doctor or your therapist about different recuperative techniques and how to avoid repetitive injury. For instance, the healing process for an injured knee is sometimes referred to as RICE, which is short form for: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

-Akhila Kakarala
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