Sporting activities are enjoyed by millions of people across the United Kingdom to gain a source of individual exercise or contribute in a team with the aim of being victorious. Although winning is not the be all and end all, athletes, players and competitors push their bodies to the extreme to use every ounce of energy they have. This contributes to a higher level of performance that can be beneficial within an individual or team sport, but may also lead to increased body damage without adequate training beforehand or post-match warm downs.
Each sport, whether it is athletics-based such as running and hurdles or more contact-orientated sports such as football and rugby, provides its own potential level of injuries that can be sustained during an event or match. The number of possible injuries is increased in the latter due to the physical and robust nature of contact that is commonplace within either sport.
While players are entrusted to act accordingly on the pitch and not endanger team-mates or opponents, the sheer speed of action and common occurrence of accidental collisions can lead to variable levels of injury that can cause distinct pain. It is therefore essential for all sports physios, whether they are employed or designated to carry out the role, to be fully equipped and well prepared to carry out any required on-the-field treatment.
People who are qualified to perform first aid for sports events are entrusted to provide adequate levels of treatment when required. From bruises and grazes to more severe injuries such as dislocations or breaks of any bone, injured players may require urgent on-the-spot treatment to alleviate their physical and emotional pain. Physios who are not fully prepared with all equipment, such as a sports bandage or an instant ice pack, within their kitbag not only fail to carry out their role competently, but can also leave injured people without the level of treatment they need.
Whether it is small graze, muscle pull or broken leg, physios must always be on top of their medical provisions to ensure sports participants who are injured can either carry on or adequately alleviate the pain before an ambulance arrives.
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