Getting injured playing a sport is something of an expectation. If you play a sport long enough, you’re likely to experience at least a minor injury. To forgive the pun, it’s somewhat the name of the game.
If you enjoy playing sports, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the most common sports injuries that you might encounter. That’s why today we’ve detailed out three such injuries worth being able to recognize.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury most often caused by a blow to the head, although violent shaking might also cause one. They’re a pretty common injury when it comes to falls, vehicle accidents, and contact sports.
In the immediate aftermath of an injury that causes a concussion, the person in question may experience nausea, headache, amnesia, and confusion. It’s very common for a person not to remember the moments around the incident of the injury.
It can be difficult to predict how long a concussion might last, with some lasting a few weeks and others continuing for even a few months. Depending on the severity of the injury, symptoms can be somewhat debilitating.
Common symptoms a person will experience when recovering from a concussion include:
- Light sensitivity
- Sleep disruptions
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering details
- Personality shifts and/or depression
- A shift in taste or smell
Concussions need to be taken seriously and, like any head injury, warrant seeing a doctor as soon as possible.
2. ACL Tears
Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the knee that helps to stabilize the joint. When put under too much pressure, this ligament can tear, causing significant pain and making walking on that leg difficult.
This is what is called an ACL tear and is a very common sports injury that can take an athlete out of commission for six months or more. In some cases, surgery may be required and even then full recovery is not guaranteed.
ACL tears are an injury many athletes fear as they can take them out of a whole season of play. A person who experiences an ACL tear may benefit from taking some supplements for injury recovery to speed up the healing process.
ACL tears are more common among cisgender women due to slight differences in their anatomy compared to cisgender men.
3. Bone Fracture
A bone fracture (more commonly known as a “broken bone”) occurs when an impact is hard enough that the bones in one’s body crack (fracture).
There are many different bones in the body with the potential severity of a given fracture varying quite wildly. This said, bone fractures tend to be painful, cause swelling, and may render the affected body part unusable.
Any sign of a bone fracture should signal one needs to see a doctor. It’s important a bone be stabilized so it can heal properly and so the injury does not get exacerbated (made worse) by movement.
If you expect you might have a fractured bone, try to first stabilize the injury site and move it as little as possible. Then seek medical attention right away, with the help of another person if at all possible.
Even Common Sports Injuries Are Serious
There are many types of sports and many types of injuries. If you may have been injured playing a sport, take it seriously so that you can recover swiftly and things don’t end up getting worse.
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