What is meant by a sports injury?

A sports injury is an injury caused to the bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles of the body and happens as a result of sporting activities. During our daily lives, similar injuries can occur and are classified in the same way.

Can I avoid sports injuries?

Sports injuries can be prevented by making use of excellent warming up routines with good stretching. Learning to improve your technique at the sport being played is key. Make sure you are using the correct equipment for the particular sport and that your technique is just more than sufficient.

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

A sprain is an injury to the ligament while a strain is an injury to the tendons and muscle. Both can be treated from home with adequate rest. Should the injury be more severe and take longer to heal, it is advisable to seek professional treatment.

Can sports injuries be treated with RICE?

RICE which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation can be used as a home treatment for mild to moderate injuries. It works well mainly for foot injuries but should your foot pain last longer than anticipated and become persistent seek medical care.

When an injury takes place immediately stop what you’re doing and rest. If possible, ice the injured area to reduce pain and swelling. Next, you would compress the area using a medical bandage.

This is to prevent further swelling. Then lastly elevate the injured body part to reduce pain and throbbing.

When should I see a doctor?

Should your injury be anything more than mild seek medical attention. More often than not an injury has caused more damage than you’ve guessed. In some cases, symptoms that the situation is worse than you thought will only show up at a later stage. Better safe than sorry is our advice.

How long will it take to heal my sports injury?

Should your sports injury be that of a milder nature, for instance, a shin splint, then recovery time shouldn’t be too long at all. A shin splint would usually resolve over a few days. A sprained ankle on average could take approximately 6 to 12 weeks to heal.

Something that is a little more severe like a hamstring pull could last anywhere between 3 to 6 months to full recovery. Of course, an injury that requires surgery would take longer to heal but it all depends on the injury at hand.

Be sure to contact the team at EA Sports Litigation if you still have some unanswered questions. We’d love to hear from you.