Healing Sports-related Injuries

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Published: 07th May 2014
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Sports-related injuries can be incredibly difficult to live with, contributing to a sedentary lifestyle. A lack of physical activity in turn adversely affects cardiovascular fitness, further reducing the ability of a person to have a normal, healthy lifestyle. However, there are ways of working around injuries whilst still being able to exercise, which will be elaborated below.

The first and foremost issue with sports related injuries are that they often take an awfully long time to heal, as this means that the affected individual is in extreme pain and discomfort for an extended period of time. Trying to perform strenuous exercises with these injuries also only makes it take even longer to heal, which can be very frustrating.

Additionally, most sports injuries are reoccurring, as well as being much easier to pick up again after it happened the first time. For instance, shin splints are almost guaranteed to reoccur after having them, as well as Plantar Fasciitis, both having similar causes such as being overweight or wearing inappropriate footwear.

A further issue with such injuries, especially pain in the foot and heel, is that it is much harder to stay fit and exercise whilst not causing pain. This means that most people who have foot injuries generally gain weight through lack of being able to exercise efficiently. This weight gain in itself also causes additional strain if the individual intends to begin exercising again at a later date because of the extra physical load.

There are, however, several ways of working around sports injuries to exercise without risk of pain or further injury. One of the most effective ways of doing this is through the use of an Elliptical machine (more commonly known as a cross trainer). This device is effectively a simulator for exercises such as running and climbing that require leg and arm movement.

The added benefit of using a cross-trainer is that it does not require many heel or ankle movements, and this therefore results in much less pressure on ligaments and joints. In other words, these machines are extremely beneficial to those with sport-related injuries, as they allow them to exercise as if there were no injury at all.

In addition to the convenience of not causing any injury or pain, there is no disadvantage to using a cross trainer in terms of the level of exercise performed. At the appropriate resistance setting on a cross trainer, it can be considered almost an equal to using a machine such as a treadmill. The elliptical device also targets a larger amount of muscle groups, resulting in an overall better workout with less discomfort.

These machines are essential to anyone who wants to stay in shape whilst going through the healing process of a sports injury. There are other ways of working around physical incapacities, none of which are even close to the level of intensity when compared to an elliptical machine. Therefore, if you are looking to maintain your fitness level at a peak whilst keeping yourself safe from further injury, make sure to use a cross-trainer as regularly as possible.

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