Caring for Exercise Injuries

If you are really pushing yourself on the treadmill or during any other type of exercise, you may experience an injury or two at some time.  This is particularly true if you are engaging in a High Intensity Interval Training program or if you participate in a contact sport as part of your exercise routine.  There are many different types of injuries that you may sustain, and knowing how to effectively treat those injuries is essential for a full recovery.

Exercise-Related Injuries

Although there are a number of different types of injuries you may sustain during exercise, there are three primary types of injuries that are the most common.  These include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tears

If you get one of these injuries, it is important to keep it wrapped in order to provide it with the proper amount of support.  It is also a good idea to contact your doctor so he or she can examine the injury in order to make certain the damage is not more serious.  While visiting the doctor, ask him or her to show you precisely how to wrap the injury so you can be sure to wrap it properly.  It is important to wrap it tightly enough to provide the injured body part with support.  At the same time, you don’t want to wrap the injury so tightly that it cuts off the proper blood flow to the area. 

Returning to Your Exercise Routine

After sustaining an exercise-related injury, you will likely be anxious to get back to your exercise routine.  Although you certainly don’t want to fall off the exercise bandwagon, it is also important for you to give the injury time to heal properly so you don’t damage the area further.

If you went to see a doctor about your injury, he or she will let you know when it should be ok to return to your regular exercise routine.  Keep in mind that an injury will reduce your range of motion, which means that pushing yourself too hard and too fast can easily make your injury worse.  No matter how minor you may think the injury is, don’t push your body beyond its capabilities.  If you give it time to heal, you will be back on the treadmill in no time!