Injury
Q Is it better to wear bandaids or let fresh air heal a wound?
Sprains and strains are common ailments for adults and children undertaking physical activity such as group sport, exercise classes, or a workout at the gym. While a sprain and a strain are similar in symptoms, the muscle and ligament groups that are impacted vary.
Around 30% of adult Australians are active in sport or some sort of physical recreation activity twice a week or more. Keeping active makes us healthy and happy, but it can result in injuries. Most are not severe, but some require a trip to hospital.
Scrapes, scratches and cuts are part and parcel of childhood, leaving small battle scars for stories later in life.While a scrape or scratch shouldn’t stop kids from playing outside and having fun, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of infection and how to treat them.
How to treat an ankle sprain Sprains, particularly ankle sprains, are one of the most common sport-related injuries in Australia. They usually happen when your foot rolls awkwardly and the ligaments that surround and stabilise the ankle joint are torn. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can put you out for a few days or several weeks.
Footy, soccer, netball, rugby, skiing – winter sports are action-packed. There are often bumps, bruises and even breaks to deal with. Equip yourself with these first aid essentials and you’ll be ready when injury strikes.
There will be grazes and wounds aplenty in every active family, and while the injuries are rarely serious, it is important to clean and treat them properly.
While the jury is still out on whether stretching will help your body perform better during exercise and sports, taking in a few stretches on a daily basis, especially after exercise, is a great way to increase flexibility and start moving better.