It could be a sprained ankle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone. Whether major or mild, if you have been sidelined by a sport’s injury, you are probably dealing with anger, frustration and impatience. Here are a few ways to minimize the time it takes to recover from a sports injury.
- Rest. Rest is imperative, especially right after the injury occurs.
- Ice. Applying ice immediately to an injury will help diminish the pain and decrease swelling.
- Compression. While you heal, compression garments such as a calf compression sleeve will provide solid support, and allow you move about easily.
- Elevation. Try to prop up the injured area to a level above the heart. If you can’t elevate the area that high, try to get it as close as possible to the desired level.
How can you keep up mobility while not putting strain on the injury?
Stretching: Fragile muscles can disrupt the harmony of your system and pave the way for further injury. A good stretching routine improves muscle power and helps to prevent further injury.
Strengthening: Strength training contributes to strong muscles in the arms, chest, shoulders, and back.
Compression wear will help minimize swelling, decrease pain, and ultimately hasten recovery time. A compression sleeve is a flexible bandage which is enfolded securely around an injury. Compression garments are items as socks, sleeves, etc., that provide support. To help choose the best option, the garments come in varying degrees of compression. Compression garments worn on the legs can reduce swelling. Compression sportswear is also worn by some athletes to ease muscle stiffness and hasten recovery time.
The benefits of wearing compression garments are:
- Helps minimize pain from sport’s injuries.
- Reduces the time taken for muscles to heal.
- With the right amount of compression, there is an improvement in the delivery of oxygen to working muscles.
- Rest immediately after a sport’s injury.
- Apply ice to aches and pains immediately.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is your body’s best defense and it plays an important role in the process of recovery. During sleep, essential hormones are released that help build a good immune system.
- Don’t go solo. A team of professionals will be able to diagnose your injury, apply appropriate treatment, and instruct you on the proper exercises, movements, and steps to return you to good health.
- Commit yourself. Do whatever your therapist recommends. Participate in your therapy, eat right, and get plenty of sleep.
Remember rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Different people recover at different rates, and age has a lot to do with recovery time. Be patient. Impatience is the foe of fast recovery because you may try to do too much too soon.