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Don't let injury take the fun out of sport

Getting involved in sport is an excellent way to better your everyday health - both physically and mentally, to make friends and to have some fun. Despite all the great benefits though, sometimes sport can wear on our bodies - leaving us with aches, strains, and sometimes even a few injuries. In a recent survey we found 17% of adults currently take part in competitive sport at least once a month and 33% have injured themselves playing competitive sports at some point.

Taking care of yourself while engaging in sport is important, so when/if you do hurt yourself you can better recover. There are various things you can do to both prevent and treat a sport injury. Here are a few things to try: 

Remember PRICE

If you've suffered a minor injury, the NHS and physiotherapists suggest following PRICE therapy which can be done at home.  PRICE stands for - Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  For more information on PRICE and what to do for each stage, visit the NHS Choices website here.

Visit a Chiropractor

A Chiropractor can help with issues relating to the musculoskeletal system - bones, joints and muscles. They can help you treat, manage and even prevent injuries that could arise from participation in sport.  Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and is done mainly via the manipulation of the spine1.

Visit a Physio

According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 'Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice2.'  Visiting a physiotherapist regularly can both help you recover from injuries incurred while playing sport, but also help prevent them in the future3. For example, if there's an area of your body that regularly suffers injury, you can work with a physio to create an exercise programme to strengthen it and potentially prevent future injury4. Why not try our easy to use ‘find a physiotherapist’ search tool to locate your nearest practitioner.

As with Chiropractor visits, you can claim cash back towards your visits to the physiotherapist with the Simply Cash Plan.

Have the right support

If you've previously had an injury that could be exacerbated by playing sport, then wearing a support or brace could be important in preventing further pain or injury. Additionally, after you suffer from an injury, these braces/supports can help with rehabilitation. You can purchase a range of supports from our retail business The Unlimited Company online here. Do remember to speak to your GP about how and when you should be wearing braces and supports.

Sources
1. http://www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk   2. http://www.csp.org.uk/

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