Sports injuries are not only caused by accidents that occur while exercising but also due to not warming up or stretching correctly before starting to exercise. Have you ever had an injury while exercising?
Injuries are classified into two types:
Categorized as a minor injury if there is no damage to body tissues. For example, muscle stiffness or muscle fatigue that will heal by itself and does not need special treatment.
Categorized as a severe injury if there is damage to body tissues such as torn muscles or ligaments, to fractures.
Sports injuries that are often experienced and should be considered are sprains, ankle injuries, shin pain, elbow injuries, shoulder injuries, fractures or fractures, concussions, knee injuries, hip joint injuries, and back injuries.
In order to minimize the risk of sports injury, it is important to warm up and stretch before starting to exercise. What is the difference between warming up and stretching? Warming up aims to increase body temperature before exercising so that the body will begin to adapt to the increased intensity of the movement to be performed. While stretching aims to relax the muscles by making them contract.
What should we do if we have a muscle or joint injury while exercising?
To make it easy to remember, the first aid that must be done is abbreviated as PRICE which stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Let's review them one by one!
Take these steps as first aid when you experience an injury while exercising. If the injury is in a severe category and requires further treatment, immediately consult with medical personnel so that the injury can be taken care of immediately.