Never Ending Injuries

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I have a close guy friend who is a varsity basketball player, named Jared. He dreams of getting into the National Basketball Association like most high school and college players in the country. Unfortunately, he got injured 4 months ago and a recurring one at that. He’s had an ankle injury that has been hounding him on and off and most recently, a sprained foot he got when we was practicing his shooting because he disobeyed his coach who advised him to rest his ankle.

We were just hanging out inside the court and someone asked to shoot with him. He happily obliged as he haven’t played a single game for 4 months and counting. He just made a jumpshot above the freethrow line then when he came down, he had a bad fall. I quickly ran off to the canteen to get him some ice for his sprain. When I got back, the coaching staff were reprimanding him. He was told to rest his injury and now, he’s got a new one.

Good thing, the team’s physical therapist was within the school so he was there to check his injury. He asked Jared if there’s something he was feeling besides the pain of the sprain. Jared told him he’s got tingling feet even before he got the sprain. The physical therapist said it is connected with his prior injury.

Foot sprains occur naturally in sports like soccer, basketball, volleyball, football and gymnastics. Sprains happen when the foot lands awkwardly thus, causing some ligaments to stretch and tear. Some common signs and symptoms of sprain includes bruising and swelling of foot, pain and tenderness of the arch of the foot and not being able to walk properly as the feet can’t bear the weight of the body. Athletes are often required to take tests like an X-ray or an MRI to see the condition of the injury. Normally, sprains heal within 3 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of the injury. They may also use crutches if the need arises. Some sprains need casting, splints or worst, even surgery.

Whenever you get a foot sprain, remember to ice it right away within the 24 hours of acquiring it. Don’t apply the ice directly to the skin as you can get burned. Use a towel in between your skin and the ice. Try to keep the affected foot elevated to have a better blood circulation for a quicker recovery. Take non steroidal inflammatory drugs after eating for a better pain management. Use hot compress if it’s already past 24 hours. Don’t apply it directly to prevent burning of skin. It helps on relieving pain and promotes better blood circulation.

Jared felt bad that he defied his coaches’ wishes. He could have been healthy and playing now but instead, he’s resting his new injury. I can’t blame him though as he was excited to compete again. He really has that competitive edge that will make him a great player soon. I look forward to seeing him don an NBA jersey.