FROM INJURY LIKE A PRO
With time and a few expert tips, you can heal, help prevent injury happening again and get your fitness back on track. By Donna Duggan
There’s nothing like an injury to completely throw your exercise routine off balance. Whether it’s a sprained ankle, torn ligament or muscle strain, proper rehabilitation is important so you can safely return to exercise without causing any further discomfort or damage.
The most common workout-related injuries involve a tendon, ligament or muscle. A tendon is the connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone, and a ligament is the connective tissue that attaches bone to bone. The main function of tendons, muscles and ligaments is to keep the body moving comfortably.
Tendon and ligament injuries usually occur near joints, such as the knee, ankle, elbow and wrist. Muscle strain can occur in any location where the muscles are overloaded. A ligament injury usually happens when you’ve fallen or twisted awkwardly. While muscle strain and tendon injuries can develop over time, you’ll usually feel pain from ligament injuries immediately, then notice swelling and joint instability not long after. Treatment and recovery time for all injuries depends on the location and severity of the damage. The NSW Waratahs Super Rugby In the case of a sprained ankle, where the ligaments are overstretched in mild cases or ruptured in severe cases, treatment can range from strapping to surgery. Cleary says the most important rule for resuming exercise after a ligament or tendon injury