Dealing with common sports injuries
The world of athletics is fraught with potential for injuries, it’s so common that you pretty much have to assume going in that at some point you’re going to get hurt while playing sports. In high school it’s more common due to having more regular practices and, especially with football, much more high intensity and high impact practices.
You’re going to put some serious wear and tear on your body while on the field, no matter if it’s a game, practice, or a scrimmage, the stress of the sport can easily lead to breaking down of different parts of the body. These injuries can range from the typical “hurt” situation where you’re in a bit of pain but you can still do everything required to play, all the way to a full-fledged “injury” that ends with you having to miss games due to the limitations placed on your by the extent of your situation.
Depending on what has led to your injury you’ll have many different avenues to treat yourself, rehab, and eventually get back onto the field. There are a few injuries that are more common than others, unfortunately just being more common doesn’t really mean that they’re easily repaired and you can immediately jump right back into playing.
One of the most common injuries for high school aged football players is the dreaded sprain/strain. These usually happen to ankles or knees due to overexertion. Spending hours at a time running during practice, multiple times a week, over months at a time, you build up some strength in the areas, but you also stretch your ligaments quite a bit, especially if you aren’t doing a proper cool down after practice. Due to this you could be walking along and just catch a slight dip in the grass or something, next thing you know your ankle is turning and you’ve now got a sprain to deal with for the next couple weeks.
Many times a sprain or strain is worse than an actual break because it’s not as easy of a repair. While painful, depending on the severity of the injury, many players choose to try working through these, while it’s not the best of ideas it seems that pride gets in the way at times and younger players are willing to risk greater future damage for the sake of getting back on the field. While the risk versus reward is in some cases very minor with sprains and strains, there are other injuries that have a much greater gap between those two points, chief among them being concussions.
In the past few years the effects of concussions have come into focus as more athletes in impact sports have come out letting people know of the issues they’ve dealt with after their career ended. The constant trauma on the brain is a very serious matter, and concussions are fairly common in the high school ranks. Having spent my entire four years of high school on the field with other players, I’ve seen what happens when someone is concussed, and it’s a very scary sight to behold. Many times a young player will try to trick their coaches and trainers in order to get back on the field, this only leads to repeated brain trauma and can be deadly.
I myself received a concussion at practice my senior year, and it scared me worse than anything else I’ve ever experienced. Luckily our athletic trainer knew the signs and held me out of practice the next few days. While common, this is absolutely not an injury to play around with, the after effects are far too terrifying. Luckily former pros, such as Kyle Turley, are opening up about what they’ve dealt with post-concussion, and as a result they’re being taken much more seriously these days. Hopefully, this trend continues and the tortures endured due to repeated concussions fade over time.
When you’ve been hurt playing sports, it’s always important to have someone you can trust to take care of you and help you heal. This is where Affiliated Healthcare Centers come into play. The ability to seek world-class healthcare is wonderful, and it’s only going to help those young athletes who are just beginning building toward their future career, especially the lucky few who make it to the NFL. Contact them immediately if you’re in need of excellent care and a helping hand on your path to recovery.