Wednesday 16 October 2019
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Sporting injuries need quick, efficient treatment


Sports can be a lot of fun, from an involvement and spectatorship point of view, but can often field all sorts of dangerous variables. While one doesn’t want to suggest not playing whatever you choose because of the potential dangers, it is important to know what to look out for – and potentially avoid them – if they should ever potentially arise. Out on the golf course, in the cricket field or across the tennis court, nasty situations can arise – but can be taken care of with some simple measures, if aware of what needs doing right there and then.


If, for example, you get injured while playing a cricket match in Australia or other countries, having a basic knowledge of essential treatment would be good to know. If you do a first aid course in Perth, Darwin – or wherever – unforeseen injuries like blows to the helmet, knocks to the ankle, torn hamstrings, hurt elbows and the like can be tended to on the spot, and later at an establishment entirely equipped to hopefully ensure you are back out in the middle in little to no time at all. As a batsman, bowler, fielder or all-rounder, this will be your ambition – quick recovery.


While riding a horse and jumping it over obstacles and through other hoops can be a hang of a lot of fun, it also poses enough danger to tread carefully. If the horse is in a bad mood or the jump is poorly timed, the person on the animal can quickly be floored – and hurt, or worse, break an arm, leg, clavicle or ankle. Here, again, on the spot treatment by someone who is into first aid – and has some or all of the right training – would be oh so helpful. The help, too, could pertain to the horse, if the necessary veterinary principles are taken into proper account.


Despite all the protective equipment and gear, American football can be quite severe on the body. Unlike Rugby Union, members of the team are allowed to tackle the player without the ball. This, too, can lead to even more or higher chances of injury. Thankfully, thoroughly trained medical staff are on the sidelines to tend to anything of a painful nature pretty quickly, when beckoned, of course. That said, sometimes a proud player won’t call – and needs to be given the help regardless of what he or she has to say about it.


From clay and grass to the hard courts, tennis can be lined with bad falls and jerky movements that unhinge ligaments and pop hamstrings. A highly competitive sport, tennis – male or female, singles or doubles – comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. While eating bananas and taking in supplements can help avoid cramps, they are among the chief debilitations in the game these days. With a professional physiotherapist or someone else involved with the body’s muscles around, on the side of the court, these pains and groans can be offset by a good rub and health  massage, at the umpire’s discretion and allowance, of course.