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Avoiding Sports Injuries

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It can be a ton of fun to play on a team in an organized sports league but the fun can quickly come to a halt if you incur some sort of injury. No matter if your injury is something that will heal quickly, or if it takes you out of the game for the entire season, injuries are something that every athlete wants to avoid. Here are some steps that you can take to prevent sports injuries:

Protect Yourself

Depending on the sport, there is gear that is designed to keep you safe and injury free. For most sports, this equipment is not optional, but rather, mandatory. You will find that in many games, the referee will check players for the appropriate equipment before the game begins. This protects not only you as the player but it also protects the other players that are on the field as well. In soccer, players must wear shin guards to prevent a leg injury. Football players wear helmets to protect themselves when they get tackled and hockey players wear padding all over to protect them when they get hit, pushed into the boards or get hit by a puck.

Warm Up Routine

Before playing at a practice or a game, it is always recommended that you stretch and warm your body up before giving the game your full intensity. This warms up your muscles rather than putting immediate demand on them. You will prevent strains, tears, muscle pulls and much more if you take a few minutes before physical activity to warm up. Also, after a game or practice, cooling down by stretching and slowing your movement for a few minutes can help your muscles recover safely.

Understand The Rules Thoroughly

No matter what the sport is, it is important to know all of the rules of the game and what is expected of you as a player. Rules are designed to keep the game moving, and help teams keep things fair. However, rules are also designed to keep players from doing certain actions that would result in somebody getting hurt. For example, in many youth soccer games, children are not allowed to head the ball (bounce the ball off of their head). This is simply to prevent concussions from occurring. Adults are allowed to do this but they learn the proper way to do so and they are much more developed and able to handle the impact.

Be Aware

When on the ice or on a sports field, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of where other people are. You want to win the game but you want to do so safely. If you end up running full speed into another player because you were not paying attention, this can hurt both you and the other player.

Respect Your Injuries

If you are recovering from an existing injury make sure your coach knows about this and be sure to sit out that game. You will be much more prone to another injury if you haven’t healed from the original injury. Not only that but you can become injured if you are favoring a certain body part or moving in a way that is different than normal because of a pain or an injury.

Playing sports can be extremely fun and competitive. However, getting injured isn’t fun for you and your team will have to learn to play without you. Be responsible when you play and follow these few rules in order to protect yourself and to also protect others that are playing along with you.

 

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Lupus Symptoms

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Millions of people suffer with the autoimmune disease known as Lupus. This chronic inflammatory disease affects a person’s immune system. Rather than fighting to protect your body from viruses and bacteria, the immune system actually attacks various organs and tissues. Since, Lupus can affect different parts of the body, its symptoms vary greatly from person to person. The intensity of these symptoms also varies greatly, but most people experience flares, which will worsen and improve randomly.

Below is a look at some of the main symptoms of Lupus.

  • Anemia – Characterized by lower than normal levels of red blood cells in the body’s blood.
  • Chest Pain – Chest pain that occurs when taking a deep breathe. This can be caused by an inflammation of the pleura membrane that surrounds the lungs, also referred to as Pleurisy.
  • Dry or Swollen Eyes – Lupus can cause dry eyes or even swelling and pain in the area surrounding the eyes.
  • Fatigue – Lupus oftentimes causes extreme fatigue that is typically more severe during and immediately after a flare.
  • Fever – Many patients experience unexplainable fevers.
  • Hair Loss – Depending on which organs and tissues are affected, Lupus may cause hair loss.
  • Headaches – Many Lupus patient complain of severe headaches, which may be accompanied by confusion or even memory loss.
  • Joint Pain – Lupus can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints in the areas affected by the disease,
  • Photosensitivity – Some Lupus patients also experience a sensitivity to the sun and the light. In these cases, it is best to avoid direct sunlight when possible.
  • Rash – Many Lupus patients, but not all, experience a distinguishable rash on their face. This rash typically takes on a butterfly shape and spreads from the bridge of the nose outwards over both cheeks.
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon – This phenomenon causes a person’s fingers and/or toes to turn a whitish or bluish color when subjected to intense stress or extreme colds.
  • Shortness of Breath – In addition to chest pain, Lupus patients may experience periods of shortness of breath.
  • Skin Lesions – These types of lesions are most common among those whose Lupus affects their skin. Overexposure to direct sunlight should be avoided because this can worsen the lesions.
  • Swelling – Lupus patients commonly show signs of swelling in their feet and legs.
  • Unusual Blood Clotting – When Lupus affect the blood cells, a person may experience unusual blood clotting.
  • Ulcers – Some people with Lupus also experience frequent ulcers in the nose and/or mouth.

Lupus is sometime referred to as “The Great Imitator” because its symptoms are very similar to several other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems and fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss these concerns.

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Tips to Avoid From Getting Sick During The Holidays

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The holidays are supposed to be a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy good food, gift giving, and to have fun. If you get sick right before the holidays, it can put a huge damper on your plans. If you want to keep from getting sick for the holidays, there are a few steps that you should take.

Avoid Germ Hot Spots

If you want to keep from getting sick, you should try to avoid germ hot spots. If possible, you should avoid doing your holiday shopping when the stores are the busiest. If you can’t, you should take a bottle of hand sanitizer with you. You should use some when you touch the door to get in the store and again when you touch the door to leave. Halfway through your trip, you should give your hands another dose. If you touch anything that a sick person touched, you can get sick. The best way to keep these germs from infecting you is to keep your hands clean and germ-free.

Get Enough Sleep

With all the stress and running around that go along with the holidays, it can be difficult to get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough, your immune system can become compromised. This can make it very easy for you to get sick. It is important to give yourself a chance to relax at the end of the day and make sure that you get a full 8 hours of sleep.

Dress Warm

Most kids are told growing up that if they don’t wear a jacket that the cold will make them sick. This is not true. It is actually the cold that will weaken your immune system. If you are exposed to germs, your immune system may not be able to fight them off. When you go out during the holiday season, be sure to wear a coat, hat, and mittens. If your feet get wet in the snow, you should change your socks as soon as possible. The same is true with wet mittens. If you keep warm, you have a less chance of getting sick. If you have been out in the cold for an extended period of time, you should take a hot bath or a hot shower. It is the best way to get the chill out. Just be sure to dry your hair completely before going back out or going to bed.

Get Your Flu Shot

It is important that you get your flu shot before the holiday season. It is the best way to protect yourself from being sick in bed for several days. The flu can completely ruin your holiday.

Take a Multi-Vitamin

It is a good idea to start taking multi-vitamins before the holiday season. They will boost your immune system and keep you healthier. The healthier you are, the harder it will be to get infected by germs that you come into contact with.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

If you want to keep from getting sick, you should drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Doctors recommend that you drink 8, 8 ounce glass of water. You should also avoid alcohol. Getting drunk will weaken your immune system and you could end up with a hangover.

Don’t Share With Others

If you want to keep from getting sick, you should avoid sharing forks, cups, toothbrushes, and anything else that a sick person can pass their germs on.

Getting sick during the holidays can completely ruin your plans. If you follow a few simple steps, you can avoid getting sick and ruining your entire holiday.

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