Sports and athletics, whether it’s professional or junior league or even just getting out in the backyard and throwing some hoops and running the bases, gives many people many enjoyable hours of activity. If you are a sports player, then you know exactly what I’m talking about or even if you don’t play but are an avid fan.
However, what happens when an injury prevents you from playing the sport you love? Many have faced that question and managed to overcome injuries to play again. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top conditions and injuries that can stop you from playing the sports you love.
Rheumatoid inflammatory arthritis is a disease that affects the joints and causes them to swell, making movement like walking painful and hard to accomplish. With the proper medicine and exercise, rheumatoid arthritis can be controlled, and it is possible to play sports depending on the severity of arthritis pain. The best way to tell if sports are still an option for you is by talking to your primary care provider at your next scheduled visit.
Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
Sprains, strains, and fractures of about any part of your body can take you out of the game you love for a while, even permanently if you don’t get the injury seen to and taken care of as soon as possible. Strains and sprains are the most common of sports injuries and usually only take you out of the game for a very short time. However, if you tend to get these strains and sprains often, it’s best to be checked by a sport’s doctor before getting back out onto the field or court. Take care of issues earlier, rather than later, so you can avoid making the issue worse. (and end up with shoulder surgery!)
Fractures can be another whole story and can take you out of the sport you love for an extended period of time, even ending up with you having to have surgery and possibly never playing again if you aren’t careful.
Drugs and Alcohol
While not an injury or a condition that prevents you from playing the sports you love, drugs and alcohol can have just as devastating of an effect. If you play professionally, illegal or unprescribed drugs in your system can easily get you kicked off the team. If enrolled in school, it can even come with the risk of your being expelled and losing scholarships. While you wouldn’t think that drugs and alcohol would stop you from playing sports recreationally, they actually do, by making you too dazed, high, or even tired to play the sports you enjoy. Injuries and diseases are something that can’t be helped, however, drugs and alcohol are. Don’t imbibe and your sports-loving time doesn’t have to end.
These are just a few of the events, conditions, and injuries that stop people from participating in every kind of sports and athletics out there. There are many more, as well as ways to control and treat them so that you can continue to play. From arthritis to drinking and drugs, these are the things that can ruin sports for you. Happy competing everyone!