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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Dealing with your sports injury


    If you are injured whilst participating in a sport it can have a number of severe consequences for both your work and personal life. First and foremost, it will prevent you from participating in any more sport activities until you have fully recovered. When your occupation requires you to be active and fully able, it may also prevent you from going to work and force you to take time off to recover. Thanks to modern technology, it is often possible to work from home and many employers also offer generous sickness pay where you are unable to fulfil your role due to any injury. Under no circumstances should you neglect recovery from your sports injury because you do not feel that you are able to take time off of work.

    The first stage in dealing with your sports injury would be to make sure that you do not aggravate the injury or cause yourself any further damage. You should be willing to accept any support which is offered, even if you feel like you are somehow giving in or ‘wimping out’ by asking others to help you. The most important thing is that you get well, and it is often not possible to remain completely independent. This is particularly true when it is an injury that inhibits movement.

    If you are injured whilst taking part in competitive sport, there is likely to be a first aider on hand to help and often will be a qualified sport physiotherapist. If they are able to help you, be sure to make the most of what they have to offer. It is their job to deal with injuries inflicted during sporting participation and will also provide you with top quality physical support. The first aider will also be in the ideal position to advise what you should do next.

    It is important to take all of the advice which the first aider or physiotherapist has given you, which may well take the form of written notes on the condition of the injury. You should then seek further medical advice. This will most commonly come from your doctor. When you meet with them, ensure that you have any notes which you have been given by the physiotherapist as they will greatly help your doctor to determine what will be the next best stage of your recovery process. It is likely that they will refer you to a specialist with whom you will need to arrange a consultation. You should again ensure that any information which you have about the injury is passed onto them as this will then progress to a full recovery program designed to get you back to your full health.

    Sports injuries are serious and often come with a long recovery process. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured to the point where you are required to travel to hospital then it is likely that the health professionals who attended to you will again help you organise a consultation with a sports injury specialist to further the progress of your recovery. These people will help aid you to a full recovery.

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    Date Published: September 26, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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