Just had a killer workout? While muscle fatigue is commonly experienced after strenuous exercise, you should also look out for early signs of stress and injury. “Most sports injuries result from inadequate stretching and warm up before the commencement of any activity. The other reasons would be overexertion, such as doing too intense a session of exercise, or ramping up training for an event too quickly,” says Dr Lee Eu Jin, former specialist and consultant at Raffles Orthopaedic Centre, Raffles Medical Group.
Dr Lee advises seeking help after as soon as you sustain an acute and severe injury, as chronic injuries are harder to treat and may lead to long-term consequences. “Most people do not come to see the doctor immediately as their injuries tend to improve with rest. Patients usually come for consultation when the problems persist and when it is severe enough to interrupt their daily activities such as climbing stairs, getting out of bed and their ability to exercise,” he adds.
Here are the six most common sports injuries among Singaporeans – prevention tips and treatment options included.
A version of this article was first published in Raffles Healthnews.