As with all great sports, players of the Beautiful Game will often incur injuries. From sprains to impact injuries, no matter how experienced you are, chances are you’ll find yourself injured at some point or other. Once this has happened, you’ll need to know the best ways to manage this injury so you can speedily recuperate, recover, and return to playing.
1 Rest and relaxation
The first point to remember, and perhaps the most important, is to rest the injured area. If possible, keep it raised, so as to keep any swelling down to a minimum. Try to avoid using the injured limb if possible and under no circumstances should you return to playing on it before it’s healed. This will only put a strain on the affected area, and delay your recovery further. If you add another injury on top of your existing one, it could even cause complications further down the line – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/well/when-sports-injuries-lead-to-arthritis-in-joints.html.
2 Get some ice on it
If you’ve ever heard of the term RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), then this will be familiar to you. The use of ice packs, in particular, can reduce swelling and relieve any pain you feel in the area.
3 Compress it
The use of a compression bandage or elastic can help to prevent fluid build up in the area, which reduces swelling. This should be used sparingly, as you don’t want to restrict the blood flow to the affected area and cause further complications. The good news is, when you’re ready to slowly get back into the game, many team football kits such as the ones at https://www.kitking.co.uk allow extra space meaning you can apply compression bandaging, and even ice packs beneath your kit should your injury be in an awkward area.
4 Physical therapy
Finally, once you’re done with the above steps, you can start considering physical therapy. Whilst resting your injury is important, too much rest can result in stiffness, and weakened ligaments. Light physical therapy can help you to rebuild and strengthen the muscles you’ve neglected whilst resting, to avoid further injury when you return to playing. It also encourages the proper warm up and cool down techniques, which will protect your muscles and help to prevent any further injury later down the line in your playing career.