Sports injuries are very common. If you participate in sporting activities, there is almost always a risk of injury in training or competition. Some sports are more dangerous than others, but even the safest-seeming activities can harbour hazards. If you’ve had to take some time out, it’s important to pace yourself and allow recovery time before returning to sport after injury.
Tips on returning to sport after injury
If you’ve sustained an injury playing sport, it’s often wise to avoid playing again until your injury has healed. When you continue to train or compete, there’s every chance that you will do more damage. If you’ve been injured in a sporting accident or you’ve sustained an injury while training, see a doctor and get your injuries assessed. Depending on the nature of the injury, you may have to undergo tests like X-rays.
Your doctor will use the findings of the tests to determine the severity of the injury and the best treatment options. Often, sports injuries require a period of rest and rehabilitation. Other treatments that may be recommended include ice and heat treatments, surgery, and compression.
You should always double check with experienced medical professionals or physiotherapists whether or not it’s a good idea to start playing again. Returning to a sport after an injury too quickly can increase the risk of another injury and a subsequent spell on the sidelines. When you do start playing or competing again, listen to your body. If you feel sore, take it easy.
Preventing sports injuries
Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent injuries. However, lots of sports accidents can be prevented. If you’re playing a sport or you’re participating in activities such as martial arts or boxing, make sure you follow these safety guidelines:
- Always warm up and cool down thoroughly
- Use the appropriate safety equipment
- Dress appropriately
- Follow the rules of the game
- Stop and seek medical assistance if you think you may have an injury
- Rest between training sessions
Can I make a claim for a sports accident?
Every sporting activity carries risks. By choosing to play sport, you accept these risks. If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, for example, a boxing accident that occurred as a result of negligence on behalf of your coach, you may have a case for compensation. If you’ve had an accident in the last 3 years, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice