Exploring Sports Injuries
Strains and Sprains
Whats is the fundamental difference between a Strain and a Sprain?
- A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament (the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints).
- A strain is also a stretch or tear, this time affecting the muscle itself or a tendon (the tissue that connect the muscles to the bones).
Both Sprains and Strains can occur from the same multitude of reasons; their difference therein lies in the severity of the injury. They both can be occur through as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle.
Where do Sprains or Strains usually occur?
What can you do to Protect/Prevent joint Sprains or Strains?
- Eating a well-balanced diet to keep muscles strong
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding collisions, or fall damage as much as possible, be cautious of ice, sand and steep inclinations
- Wearing shoes that fit
- Exercising on a daily basis
- Being in proper physical condition to play sports
- Warming up and stretching before playing sports
- Be in proper physical condition to play a sport.
- Warm up and stretch before playing a sport.
- Wear protective equipment when playing.
- Run on flat surfaces.
Following these guidelines can ensure the maximum safety when it comes to preventing sprains and strains