As everyone who plays sports on a regular basis will incur injuries and muscle aches from time to time, continue reading to discover some handy tips on how to deal with body pain and discomfort from sports.
Tips on how to deal with body pain/discomfort from sports:
1. Place ice onto your injury or sore muscles
As an example if you sprain an ankle, get a pack of ice to place on your ankle as soon as possible. Not only will icing an injury decrease the pain which you’re feeling but icing a sore or injured body part will also prevent your affected body part from swelling up. If you don’t have an ice pack handy, simply use a bag of frozen vegetables such as frozen peas. If this pain continues and is severe, you may want to seek medical advice or learn more about your injuries at Podiatry First.
2. Elevate your sore body part
As an example if you have a sore leg from exercising or playing your favourite sport, it’s well worth elevating your leg so that it’s higher than your hips. If you’re lying in bed or on your sofa simply place one or two pillows underneath your leg, in order to elevate it.
3. Make sure to take deep breathes
Did you know that when you take deep, calm breathes that your muscles will relax? So while your first instinct may be to get stressed out when you’re dealing with body discomfort, it’s well worth regularly taking deep breathes to ensure that your muscles relax and don’t tense up and cause you more pain.
4. Give yourself enough time to recover
While you’ll probably find it difficult to watch your team train and compete without you, make sure that you give yourself adequate time to recover. As if you continue to train or compete when your body is sore, you may end up seriously injuring yourself and being unable to play sports or exercise for several weeks.
So remember to listen to your body and to give your body enough time to recuperate before you start playing sports again.
5. Consider taping up or strapping up your sore body parts
It’s well worth purchasing a roll of sports tape which you can use to tape or strap up any parts of your body which are causing your discomfort. As by taping up sore parts of your body you’ll give extra support to injured or weakened parts of your body, which will allow you to move around with less pain!
In this day and age sports tape is extremely popular. If you’ve watched a professional tennis match in the past few years, chances are high that you’ve seen at least one tennis player who has bright blue or pink sports tape on their legs or arms.
6. Use pain relief medication
If you’re in severe pain and find it hard to go about your everyday activities, it’s well worth purchasing over the counter pain medication in order to control your pain levels.
7. See your local doctor
If a week has past and you’re still experiencing a significant amount of pain, it may be a wise idea to book an appointment with your local doctor. As you may need an x-ray.
So next time you experience pain or discomfort as a result of playing sports or exercising, make sure to refer back to the information in this handy article, to manage your discomfort!
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