Sports Injuries: How to Heal Faster
According to Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Gowreeson Thevendran as quoted in Health Plus, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are several easy steps anyone can take to prevent sports injuries in the first place. Most importantly, warm-ups and stretches help get your muscles ready to work. Cold stiff muscles and tendons are more likely to tear. So be sure to begin with a cardio warm up followed by stretching exercises before each game or practice.
RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
If however, you’ve already got that sports injury and now are itching to be back to 100%, there are a few techniques that will help you to heal faster. First, applying cold therapy and elevation is critical during the first 48 hours of receiving the injury. Apply a cold compress and elevate the injured area in order to reduce inflammation and swelling.
See Your Doctor
Next, you’ve heard the saying “knowledge is power.” So be sure to use it when you get an injury. See a doctor and get a diagnosis of the injury in order to better understand your healing process. As much as you may want to play, it is important to let your body heal. Rest the area, keep it protected with a splint, and take it easy for a while until it is completely healed. Putting pressure on an injury can only make it worse, so be sure to heed this advice.
You are What you Eat
Natural, healthy foods rich in protein and vitamin C are great for helping with a speedy recovery. During healing, ditch the junk food in favor of home-cooked high protein meals, vitamin rich leafy greens, and citrus fruits. Choosing healthy options will help your body get the nutrients it needs to make essential repairs so that you will be back on the playing field in less time.