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Video: Rehabilitation After Sports Injuries
Sports injuries: rehabilitation
The goal of treating a sports injury is clear: The “compulsory break” in sports should be as short as possible. The sporting activities should be able to be resumed at an early stage with normal function, so that the athlete is fully capable of stress in everyday life and at work again. Rehabilitation after an injury is crucial here.
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A reasonable period of time is required for rehabilitation, because healing is subject to certain laws and takes time. If the training and competition break is too short, complications can arise. There is a risk of relapse, sometimes even of permanent damage.
Note Only after the respective symptoms have subsided should a gentle build-up of the load with initially only a low intensity take place. Only when completely free of symptoms can you train without restrictions, whereby the training program should be precisely analyzed and, if necessary, changed in order to avoid errors and thus renewed problems.
Various professional groups are involved in rehabilitation as required, including, for example, doctors, physiotherapists, sports scientists and psychologists. Depending on the injury or illness, rehabilitation is either carried out on an outpatient basis or as part of a hospital stay.
Different rehabilitation measures
A wide variety of measures - often combined - are used for rehabilitation after sports injuries. An essential pillar of rehabilitation is physical medicine or therapy. These include, for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, manual therapy, thermotherapy (heat or cold applications), massage, electrotherapy, naturopathic applications such as curd poultices and bath therapy.
Overall, adequate treatment of a sports injury, including adequate rehabilitation, leads to uneventful healing in most cases. Sometimes, however, despite all the advances in sports medicine, permanent damage remains that forces the athlete to reduce his / her athletic demands or even to end their career. Sometimes it is helpful to "switch to" sports that are still possible despite the health problems.
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