Thursday, May 26, 2011

Common Workout Injuries

Active gym goers who put in regular time at the gym are in better shape than those who do not partake in regular physical activity. They are also more at risk to suffer from one of four common workout injuries. Four common sport related injuries include sprains, strains, shin splints, and tearing of the ACL. At Sitaras Fitness it is our job to make our clients aware of potential injuries, how to prevent them, and when to seek medical attention.

Sprains – A sprain is an injury to a ligament and happens when it is stretched past its limits causing the ligament to tear. A sprain is usually a minor injury, however you should check with a doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. After you see a doctor, consult your trainer on exercises you may perform to help strengthen the injured ligament and to prevent re-injury.

Strains – Also referred to as "Pulled Muscles", strains are injuries that happen to muscle fibers when overstretched or overused. The most common type of strain is a hamstring strain. It takes an average of 6-12 months for a hamstring strain to heal because walking requires us to constantly use our hamstrings. Reinjures are also common amongst a hamstring strain, so consult your Sitaras Fitness trainer on exercises that will not prevent your hamstring from healing.

Shin Splints – Shin splints often occur in runners and are when you experience pain down the front of your lower legs. Treatment for this type of injury includes rest, ice, and over the counter pain medication. If after a while the pain continues seek the advice of a physician in case of a stress fracture.

ACL Tear – If you tear your ACL you should immediately seek medical attention. The ACL is the ligament that attaches the leg bone to the knee. When torn the ACL is extremely painful and makes a popping sound. Tearing of the ACL is a common serious sport injury that most often requires surgery.

Most of the above listed injuries that are commonly caused from over usage of your muscles can be healed over a short period of time. Do not let the potential harm deter you from visiting your exclusive fitness gym. If you think you may have an injury caused from your workout consult your personal trainer before you start your session. The professionals at Sitaras Fitness will be able to give you the advice you need to help you prevent an injury and any current injuries from getting worse.

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