Cycling Injuries and Treatment for Pulled Muscles
A guide to cutting your recovery time by days, if not weeks.
I get a lot of questions from people asking about specific treatments for sports injuries, like cycling injuries and other common pulled muscle complaints. The unfortunate thing about most of these requests is that the injury occurred some time ago. This time lapse between the injury occurring, and treatment sort, is the biggest stumbling block to a full and complete recovery.
As always, before I sit down to write this newsletter, I like to spend a few hours surfing the net for information that relates to the topic I'm going to write about. In most cases, I find a great deal of useful information that relates to what I'm looking for; but not this time.
What I did find, was a lot of information which related to treating specific sports injuries long after they'd occurred. However, I found very little information relating to the immediate treatment of sports injuries. This was quite disappointing, because if people are only treating injuries long after they've occurred, they're really putting themselves at a great disadvantage.
What follows is a complete three part series of the most appropriate initial treatments for all soft tissue, sports injuries. This information will definitely cut your recover time by days, if not weeks.
Before we start!
Lets have a quick look at the type of injuries I'm talking about. The type of sports injuries I'm referring to here are the soft tissue injuries, which are very common in most, if not all sports. These injuries include sprains, strain, tears and bruises which affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. The soft tissues of the body.
Examples of common soft tissue injuries would include things like hamstring tears, sprained ankles, pulled calf muscles, strained shoulder ligaments, corked thigh, etc. Remember a sprain refers to a tear or rupture of the ligaments, while a strain refers to a tear or rupture of the muscles or tendons.
The sort of injuries I'm NOT talking about here are injuries which affect the head, neck, face or spinal cord. Injuries which involve shock, excessive bleeding, or bone fractures and breaks - like fractured collar bones. The treatment of these type of injuries goes way beyond the relatively simple soft tissue injuries that I'm discussing here.
Priority Number 1
The first priority when treating any sports injury is, "Do No Further Damage." So before we get into the treatment of soft tissue injuries, there's one important point that I should discuss first.
Before you start treating any injury, whether to yourself or someone else, first STOP and take account of what has occurred. Consider things like; ..is the area safe from other dangers? ..is there a threat to life? ..is the injury serious enough to seek emergency help? Then, using the word STOP as an acronym;
S: (stop) Stop the injured person from moving. Consider stopping the sport or game if necessary.
T: (talk) Ask questions like; ..what happened? ..how did it happen? ..what did it feel like? ..where does it hurt? ..have you injured this part before?
O: (observe) Look for things like