As any “weekend warrior” will tell you, playing sports or going to the gym does not really hurt when you’re doing it – adrenaline takes care of that.
It’s the next day that gets you. Your alarm goes off in the morning and you attempt to get out of bed, but your body stages a revolt. That’s when you realize you are no longer a teenager and just don’t bounce back as fast.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Adults sometimes overestimate their abilities to undertake a new exercise program and push themselves to the point of injury.”
Of course we do. It’s human nature.
We’re willing to put up with a few aches as we challenge ourselves, but what happens when playing sports results in an actual injury? A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine says that the risks of injury are higher when playing sports than with other forms of activity. So playing recreational hockey means you could end up missing work.
Here’s a look at some common injuries from playing recreational sports…
Common Sports Injuries
- Sprains are the stretching or tearing of a ligament, the band that attaches one bone to another, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL)
- Strains are the pulling, tearing or twisting of a muscle or tendon, sometimes cause for overstretching
- Tears of the tendons that support joints and allow mobility, such as the Achilles tendon injuries affect the tendon that connects the back of the heel with the calf muscle
- Groin pull
- Hamstring strain
- Shin splints, an inflammation of muscles and tendons along the inner edge of the shinbone (tibia)
- Tennis elbow, a repetitive stress injury between your forearm and your elbow
Here are some of the reasons behind these injuries…
You tried something new
The CDCP says that “adults who have been ‘out of practice’ for a particular sport or are not accustomed to physical activity,” are far more likely to be injured.
Men injured more often
British Columbia government statistics show that men are three times as likely to be injured playing sports than women. Statistics Canada found that for people age 20-64, a whopping 47% of all injuries came from playing sports. The most common came from cycling, followed by basketball, soccer, hockey, rugby and football. The B.C. government site injuryresearch.bc.ca advises people to not “play through” an injury.
Thankfully, you don’t have to necessarily undergo surgery for a sports injury. MDBiologix offers a way to fully recover without surgery through Stem Cell Therapy (SCT).
Human fat tissue is the largest natural source of stem cells, but when you suffer an injury your body can’t supply enough of these valuable stem cells to the injured area. We use an Adipose Transfer System (ATS) to retrieve these stem cells and re-inject them to the injured area, speeding up the healing process.
When paired with platelet-rich plasma, SCT can be even more effective in healing your body from injury. And it’s all done with a local anesthetic in an outpatient setting.
SCT can get you out on the field or back on the ice faster.