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Sports injuries that are ticking time bombs

If you’ve been training for a while now or even if you’ve just been playing your favorite sports recreationally for any amount of time the odds are pretty good that you’ve seen at least a couple of your friends and fellow athletes go down with sports injuries. Weekend warrior athletes are some of the people most likely to have to take a trip to the emergency room because of sports related injuries, and a lot of it has to do with under training and poor conditioning combined with overexertion and sudden movements that the body just isn’t used to.

At the same time, there are some sports injuries that are like ticking time bombs – essentially injuries that are just counting down until one moment (a completely unpredictable moment, at that) where they explode and cause a world of pain and a long road to rehabilitation.

These are some of the most difficult sports injuries to prepare for, though a proper warm-up, cool down, and training program can be developed to help you avoid these issues. Even still, you may not be able to completely prevent these ticking time bombs from going off! ACL/MCL knee injuries are some of the most common sports injuries around the world Athletes in pretty much every major professional sport have had to contend with significant ACL and MCL knee injuries, and a lot of times these injuries are so debilitating that they can completely destroy the career of a top-tier athlete altogether. Even weekend warriors can find themselves confronting a year-long recovery period and a regimen of painkillers as and they work with their doctor and physiotherapist to get back into the swing of things.  Any shortcuts  to that process at this stage is highly likely to be counterproductive and increase the risk of re-injury. Neck injuries are also quite common Injuries to the neck aren’t quite as common as injuries to the knee, but they are even more debilitating and can even result in temporary or permanent paralysis – a situation that no athlete wants to ever find themselves in.  Even less severe neck injuries can lead to severe pain requiring professional pain management combining multiple pain relief therapies.  These include chiropractic, acupuncture and massage as well as strong prescription pain pills such as co-codamol which combines two painkillers in one tablet to provide maximum relief.. The cervical region of the spine (the area that we all called the neck) is pretty durable and tough, but because there are so many different major muscle groups converging on the area – and because your neck has to support a 12 pound bowling ball that is your head on a relatively small area – there is a lot of pressure as well. That pressure can cause pretty dangerous situations and significant injuries, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you train your neck and shoulder muscles as much as possible to spread out that pressure and remove a lot of the more common risk factors.