Exercise Injuries

Exercise Injuries

Most injuries are annoying rather than serious or permanent. However, an injury that isn’t cared for properly can escalate into a chronic problem, sometimes serious enough to permanently curtail the activity. It’s important to learn how to deal with injuries so they don’t derail your fitness program. Strategies for the care of common exercise injuries and discomforts appear in Table 3.6; some general guidelines are given in the following sections.

When to Call a Physician Some injuries require medical attention. Consult a physician for the following:

• Head and eye injuries

• Possible ligament injuries

• Broken bones

• Internal disorders: chest pain, fainting, elevated body temperature, intolerance to hot weather

Also seek medical attention for ostensibly minor injuries that do not get better within a reasonable amount of time. You may need to modify your exercise program for a few weeks to allow an injury to heal.

Managing Minor Exercise Injuries For minor cuts and scrapes, stop the bleeding and clean the wound. Treat injuries to soft tissue (muscles and joints) with the R-I-C-E principle: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

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