An injury in the middle of a sports season can feel like the end of the world to young athletes. Whether it’s a sprained ankle, pulled muscle, or a broken bone, it can be difficult for an athlete to hear that they need to take some time off. But in the case of sports injuries, taking the necessary steps to recover quickly and safely is absolutely crucial.
Thankfully there are ways that athletes – both professional and amateur – can manage their injuries so they can get back in the game as soon as possible.
One of the most important things an athlete can do to ensure a speedy recovery from an injury is to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible. This can mean seeking medical attention from a doctor or physical therapist, depending on the severity of the injury. It’s also important for athletes to follow any instructions given to them by their medical provider, even if it means taking time off from sports.
In addition to getting the necessary diagnosis and treatment plan, athletes should also take steps to reduce inflammation and pain. Rest is one of the best ways to do this – making sure that an athlete gives their body enough time to heal is essential for a successful recovery. Ice therapy can also help to reduce inflammation and pain, while certain topical medications may provide relief as well.
If necessary, physical therapy may also be a part of an athlete’s recovery plan. Physical therapists can help athletes work on the affected area so they are able to regain full strength and flexibility in the joint or muscle group after their injury. Even if physical therapy is not prescribed by a doctor, regular mobility and flexibility training is a key part of maintaining strength and will go a long way to ensuring an athlete doesn’t lose their edge.
For some injuries, a doctor may suggest complementary treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, or iovera°. PRP therapy uses the regenerative elements found in the blood to help relieve discomfort, but most importantly to speed up the body’s natural healing process. Iovera° is an innovative form of cryotherapy that works by freezing the nerves around an affected area, blocking their signals to the brain for up to 8 weeks of relief. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Strasburger HERE to learn more about how these treatments may help.
Managing an injury can be difficult, but following these steps can help young athletes recover quickly and safely. Taking the time to properly care for an injury will ensure that athletes are able to get back in the game feeling strong, confident, and ready to perform at their best.
By following these steps, young athletes can ensure that they are managing their injuries properly to get back in the game as soon as possible. With proper management and care, athletes can not only recover from their injuries quickly but also become more resilient and prevent future injuries.