National Injury Prevention Day


My MRI from 2014

Injuries are a part of life.

Whether it is a kid falling and scraping their knee.

To someone getting punched in the face and suffering from a broken nose.

A sports Injury…

There are many types of injuries. Some are long-term and others are short-term.

Injuries have always interested me. And I loved studying the injuries hockey players got. Because if several players suffered from the same injury there was always something different about them.

While I could. And probably will do a hundred posts for Injury Prevention Day, I will do a main one.

What is an Injury?

  • Personal Injury is a legal term. The injury can be to the body/mind/emotions. In other words it is something that happens that has to make someone recover.

What are the 3 types of Injuries? 

  • Acute: Single/Traumatic event. Typically muscle strains, shoulder dislocation/separations/wrist fracture.
  • Overuse Injuries: Subtle injuries that occur overtime. Repetitive micro-trauma. Usually seen on tendons and joints. An example: Tennis Elbow/Runners knee.
  • Chronic Injury: Any injury that has prolonged over a period of 3+ months.

Why do injuries occur?

  • Lack of technique.
  • Improper training
  • Biochemical issues with an athlete.
  • Unplanned Event (Fall/collision).

What medical tests can be done to diagnose an injury?

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasound.
  • Those are the main. There are many others that can be done.

How to heal from an injury?

  • See a doctor.
  • Do the recommended treatments.
  • Ice the injury.
  • Take some pain meds (advil/tylonel) in moderation when it is needed.
  • Apply heat when needed.
  • Rest/elevation.

I have made this mistake more then once. Do not go back to play/daily activities until you are really ready.

While you will be invincible the first time or two. It does catch up to you and causes more problems.

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