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What is a sports injury?

Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing

A sports injury is any injury, acute or chronic, that occurs because of participation in or training for any sporting event. This type of injury can arise from the following: lack of conditioning when starting to train/prepare for participation; inadequate muscular strength; poor cardiovascular health; over use from too much training; physical trauma (collisions, slides, trips, uneven surfaces, falls, and over exertion) that may occur   during the sporting event or practice.

When a sports injury occurs, you should begin treatment with the application of ice for 20 minutes, elevation and if possible some compression to the area. Seek out professional evaluation of the injury to allow yourself the best chance for a quick and full recovery. 

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