Putts and Strains

Minor muscle pulls or muscle strains are a common injury associated with weight lifting. With careful attention to proper technique and caution against using too much weight, they can usually be avoided.

Sprains are another common injury, though they are usually avoidable. Moderate strains and sprains are usually treated in the same way, with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, or RICE. Here are the specifics:

A muscle strain or pull is a trauma to the muscle or tendon, caused by excessive contraction or stretching. Sprains are damage to ligaments (ligaments are the connective tissue between bones) accompanied by swelling and sometimes by discoloration.

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A muscle strain or pull is a trauma to the muscle or tendon, caused by excessive contraction or stretching. Sprains are damage to ligaments (ligaments are the connective tissue between bones) accompanied by swelling and sometimes by discoloration.

Rest. Eliminates the demands on the affected area. If you can't rest it entirely, at least modify it as much as possible. (That would be MICE.)

Ice. Decreases swelling, pain, and circulation.

Compression. Limits swelling with the pressure of a bandage.

Elevation. Reduces or limits swelling by reducing blood flow to injured area.

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