Is it possible for an athlete to train too much? Yes it is, and it’s a good idea to recognize some of the signs of overtraining and get the rest you need before more serious problems threaten your health and long term athletic success. A little scaling back or a few days of rest may prevent serious overuse injuries down the road, which can result in weeks spent sitting on the sidelines.
Even mild cases of sports dehydration can have a negative impact on athletic performance. And serious cases can lead to a long list of symptoms that are uncomfortable at best and painful and dangerous at worst, including headaches, nausea, dry skin, and joint pain. Athletes should make sure their water intake is sufficient enough to keep up with the fluids lost through respiration and sweat during intense activity.
How can you tell if you’ve sustained an ankle sprain? Or something worse? And once you’ve identified your injury, what can you do to reduce the pain and speed the healing process?
Piriformis syndrome takes place when the sciatic nerve that runs between the spine and the foot becomes pinched or pressed by the piriformis muscle, a small, lateral, band-shaped muscle that runs across the buttock area. This condition can cause numbness, tingling and pain in the glutes and the back of the leg. But it can usually be relieved by a series of stretches and proper technique during intense activity.
Busitis of the hip can result from inflamed bursae, or the small fluid filled sacs that protect joints and other places where body tissues come in contact with bony surfaces. In most cases, bursitis of the hip can be treated with RICE principles, pain medication, and therapeutic stretching. To prevent this problem in the first place, it’s a good idea to use proper technique, warm up, and take rest breaks during intense workouts.
What are shin splints? If you’re feeling a sensation of pain, tenderness, and soreness along the inside line of your shin bone during high impact activities, you may be experiencing shin splints. Treat this condition properly and it doesn’t have to stand in the way of your training.
A strain to the ligaments of the big toe, usually called “turf toe” can be extremely painful and can actually become a career-ending injury if not treated properly. Here are a few guidelines on how to cure turf toe and how to prevent it from happening again.
A pulled groin injury can happen easily when the muscles of the inner thigh are subjected to sudden intense stress. This usually happens during sports that involve running, jumping and quick direction changes, like soccer and hockey.
A dislocated shoulder can result from a fall, an impact, or sudden unexpected pressure placed on the shoulder or upper arm. This kind of injury can be painful and can involve serious complications, so dislocated shoulder treatment should always be handled by a medical professional.
A pulled hamstring is a very common injury among athletes like dancers and soccer players who engage in intense running, jumping, and sudden changes of direction. Hamstring strain injuries are painful, but if treated properly, they usually heal without serious complications.
A lower back injury, or back spasm in the lumbar area, can be the result of many possible issues, from bone lesions to nerve damage to muscle tears. But if your back pain is simply the result of a pulled back muscle, it should respond well to the treatment guidelines described here.