Many sports bring great risks with them alongside of course the enjoyment factor! How can you make sense of what the risks are before you play?
Do you really take sports injuries seriously. Regular exercise cuts your chances of dying early. You're less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers, among other diseases. It helps you maintain your independence as you get older.
But inevitably as more of us act on this advice we risk injury through sport. While official guidance about the benefits of exercise is easy to find, advice about sports injury is difficult to uncover. It isn't mentioned on the NHS Direct website, for instance.
Following the age-old maxim that prevention is better than cure it's worth bearing in mind the following before you take up strenuous or even mild exercise of any sort:
warm up - and down
To reduce external risk factors:
If you are injured remember 'RICE':
The key to treatment is stopping the 'vicious cycle' by spotting the cause of the injury in the first place.