soccerSports like rugby, soccer, hockey, gymnastics and track & field ect. are awesome, but they can be a minefield for injuries.

Some people get hurt because they are not in shape or haven’t warmed up or stretched enough. A thump on the head from a great big body, a collision with a player or a fall from the balance beam can cause players time away from practice and games.

If you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. If the symptoms don’t begin to reduce, visit your doctor or physiotherapist.

If you have a sports injury and need more information about how to manage the injury, try MedlinePlus®. MedlinePlus® is produced and maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and contains information on more than 900 health topics in English and in Spanish. Some of the topics also have links to information in other languages. These links come from U.S. government sites and non-government health care associations.

According to MedlinePlus®, the most common sports injuries are:

They have an infinite amount of resources for sports and health. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sportsinjuries.html.