Keeping fit and active is important, no matter how old you are, but no matter how fit you are if you train hard each and every week you’re sure to sustain an injury of some kind whatsoever… which is why it’s so important to have a good Maidenhead physiotherapy specialist on hand to help you manage your aches and pains before they become serious.
Strains and sprains are perhaps the most common sports injury, so don’t be surprised if you feel a twinge in your ankle or in your knee. Strains happen when the tendons or muscle fibres are injured, which takes place as a result of overusing muscles or overstretching them, leading to tears in the fibres or tendons.
Ankle sprains typically happen when your foot turns inward, which tears or stretches the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. If you have a high ankle sprain, make sure you go and see a doctor as it could be worse than at first thought. You do need to exercise an ankle sprain to prevent loss of strength and flexibility, which will ultimately lead to reinjury later down the line.
Hamstring strains are also a common injury that fitness enthusiasts can be prone to. These can be overstretched by poor running technique, so make sure you’re running properly to prevent problems such as this.
You might also experience tennis elbow, which is when little tears in the tendons in your elbow appear through repetitive use of this part of the arm. So be careful if you play lots of tennis or golf! This can be resolved with active rest and specific exercises.
Find more help and advice on the NHS website.