Getting Back On Your Running Feet

Regular exercise works wonders for your health, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t come with a hazard warning. As well as being more likely to suffer from exercise-related health problems, people who work out on a regular basis as also more likely to suffer from serious injuries. Even a leisurely run through the woods can become an accident if you trip over a root and hurt your knee. To make sure you get back on your feet as quickly as possible, here is what you should do when you’ve had an accident while exercising.

The Fall
Hitting the ground while on a run can be pretty serious depending on how badly the ground hit you. If you’re an older person and there’s no one around to help you after your fall, check out for a way to contact an ambulance when you can’t get back up. Everyone should always do an assessment of their bodily injuries after they overcome the shock. Try to see if you can get back up after you’ve fallen. If you can’t put any weight on your legs, and you’re in a lot of pain, you need to determine where you’ve hurt yourself.
Knee, ankle, or bone
Treatment of knee injuries depends on the type and severity of the injury, but you can usually fall back on RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for the minor blows. Ankle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue – bone, ligament, or tendon – that’s damaged. A fracture describes a break in one or more of the bones. A sprain is the term that describes damage to ligaments when they are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. A strain refers to damage to muscles and tendons as a result of being pulled or stretched too far. RICE therapy is also the first course of treatment for any ankle injury, at least until you can determine what kind it is using information from The injury most likely to stop you exercising for a while is a broken bone. If you see the bone sticking out, or suspect a fracture, call an ambulance then try to control the bleeding while you wait. Splint the leg to protect it from further injury but don’t try to straighten it even if the bone is sticking out. Various complications can occur with fractures depending on the bone, the severity of the break, and the person’s age.

Ease back into it
When the doctor gives you a clean bill of health, you should gently ease back into your routine. Avoid high impact sports such as running, or contact sports, because they put more stress on your joints. Start off with a low impact workout, such as walking on a treadmill, or a trip to the local swimming pool. You should not attempt to do a 30 minute intense workout right away, as that could cause you further harm. Now is not the time to play through the pain.

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