As we all start to soak in the late summer afternoons, we start to play more sport and take part in social games. One such sport is rugby or tag rugby that can be seemingly injury-free because of minimal contact play, but unfortunately, accidents can happen. It can be an exhilarating combination of tag and rugby without the impact of being tackled vigorously, but injuries can creep in. If you’re planning to get active this summer, book an appointment for physiotherapy Auckland to ensure that your body is prepared for the exertion and to try and reduce the shock of injury, inflammation or damage.
Although such a fast-moving sport is bound to have you feeling sore and tired, it should not be painful at all. These are some of the most common rugby injuries that you should take note of that will require medical attention.
Even without soft tissue injuries, soreness and tiredness is a frequent rugby injury for first-timers and experienced players. While it only flares up after playing, the best home solution to help your muscles recover is to rest and elevate the painful limbs. Applying coolant sprays, gels and packs to the inflicted areas can reduce swelling. However, if the pain seems to be persistent even after resting correctly, it’s time to consult a physiotherapist to assess if you have a sprain or worse.
Because of the intensity of tag rugby or other forms of rugby, many find that their hands and fingers tend to pick up sprains and ligament injuries. While these can be easily treated by a physio over a few sessions, a dislocated or fractured finger can take quite a bit of time to recover. Especially if gone untreated, which can cause further damage. Our hands and fingers are imperative to our daily functioning, and so, it’s important that a professional should be seen for any slight pain or discomfort.
The impact of playing rugby can lead to more pressure and force on the hamstring, and this results in severe sprains. It is only normal to feel minor exercise burn when playing, but if the pain seems sharp it could be a strained hamstring. While they can occur due to poor body conditioning and insufficient stretching, they can be a hassle to manage over the summer holiday. Speak to a physio beforehand about adequate stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injury to your hamstrings.
Much like any other type of physical activity, planning for an injury-free game requires a little more effort. A physiotherapist can assist with the treatment of sports-related injuries as well as giving you support to play at your body’s optimal level. It’s also important to consider physiotherapy in Auckland for those little niggles one may feel after a game, even though they may just be from overexertion – there is also the risk of an injury developing. Book an appointment with us today at Cairnhill Physiotherapy.