How athletes recover from injuries

Whether you are a professional athlete or an amateur, there is a risk of injury when you participate in sports, so do you know how professional athletes recover from injuries?

Ice therapy

Professional athletes can suffer from injuries of varying degrees during their careers, but the speed and quality of recovery is extremely important to them.

You will often see professional athletes applying ice packs or ice therapy after a game. Ice therapy reduces pain and swelling. Ice constricts blood vessels and slows down blood circulation, which also prevents muscle atrophy. So this gave rise to the more popular ice bucket challenge a few years ago.


Electrotherapy refers to the use of different types of electrical currents and electromagnetic fields to treat diseases and stimulate nerves to speed up wound healing.


Compression applies pressure to the blood vessels and lymphatic vessels in the body's tissues or the muscles within the body expand and squeeze the surrounding tissues to create pressure to prevent edema in the limbs or wounds. Like a common sprain or broken foot, the sprained part or foot should be pressurized first.

Go to a hospital or rehabilitation center

If you are not a professional athlete and do not have a professional medical team, it is recommended that you go to a hospital or rehab center for treatment of your injury, as the absence of a professional doctor or medical practitioner to treat your injury may make it difficult to heal and thus hasten the end of your career.


Many professional athletes will have a massage after the game, massage can not only relieve fatigue, but also allow their bodies to get relief from the tight state.


Whether it is before or after the game or before and after training, it is important to do a good job of stretching. Stretching will allow your body to stretch and can effectively relieve muscle fatigue and tension, promote recovery, avoid sports injuries and improve the effectiveness of sports exercise.

Things to keep in mind after an injury or during recovery

  1. Mindset. Mindset plays a critical role in an athlete's recovery from an injury. Some athletes will be more nervous and worried after recovery, they worry that they will return to the field after healing and will be injured again in the same position or in the same way, which will bring them a shadow in their heart, which will also make them fear and panic in the game, which is not conducive to their recovery. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good mindset during the period after injury or recovery
  2. Rest. Regardless of the severity of the injury, rest is a must, your standing or some other movements may cause secondary injuries, which can lead to injury aggravation, so that the recovery time will be postponed again .
  3. Receive help. Do not feel that after your injury, the kindness emanating from others like pitying yourself. Not really, every athlete is well aware that when they start training, when they start on this path, they expect to suffer from serious injuries of varying degrees of severity, large and small. At this time, the help of the team and friends is especially important, they will do their best to help you recover as soon as possible, no longer suffer from injuries. So, trust your team and friends, they can be a great help in your life during this time!
  4. Planning. If it is a more serious injury, then you have to consider whether you can continue to participate in the game after returning from the injury, if you are older or the injury is more serious, you may have to consider whether you can participate in future games or choose to retire
  5. Training. When your injury is cured, you have to start resuming your training routine. But please remember, at first do not have too much exercise, you can do some simple strength training, so that their bodies slowly "wake up" and adapt to the training intensity, and their bodies are fully adapted, you can properly increase the amount of training, this process is to be gradual!
  6. Do not delay. Some professional athletes tend to delay recovery after suffering an injury, which is not good for their health and body and later career. Once you are injured or uncomfortable, please do not delay the recovery process, you must immediately stop training or competition. Only the sooner you fix the problem, the sooner the injury will go away and the sooner you can get back on the field and continue playing. Never ignore a minor injury, it can become more and more serious. For example, if you accidentally twist your foot, stop the activity immediately. Tie your shoes tightly or find a way to put pressure on your foot, then apply ice as soon as possible. Of course, don't forget to keep your injured foot off the ground. Don't try to continue to play sports as this will only make the injury worse.

How to avoid injury

Adequate warm-up. Warming up is very important for exercise, you need to warm up a lot before exercise to get your body energized, which will make you get into shape faster. Avoiding injuries

Check the equipment. If you are participating in a sports competition with facilities, check the facilities before the competition. If there are no facilities, check the safety of your equipment or if the ground is slippery.

Protect yourself and your opponents. There are many unexpected situations on the field, so please protect yourself and respect your opponents, and do not cause injuries to others for the sake of winning or losing.

Stretching. Stretching after training and after a match is also very important. Stretching softens the joints of the muscles, reduces the excitation between the nerves and muscles, and allows your body to cool down slowly from the tightness of the exercise.

Choose the right equipment. The right equipment can reduce the risk of injury, do not choose sports equipment that is not related to the sport or too big or too small.

Rest and relax during exercise. During exercise, short breaks can eliminate muscle fatigue more quickly and prevent sports injuries due to local overload, so please do not keep exercising.

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