Cost vs Benefits

Posted: April 22, 2013 in NCAA
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Recent major sports injuries have caused many to contemplate how to prevent these career ending  impairments and whether enough measures are being put into place.

In the recent March Madness Tournament, champion Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific injury when trying to block a three-point shot by Duke in the Elite Eight. Ware suffered a broken bone in his right leg which protruded six inches out of his skin. It has been released in multiple reports that Ware had a hairline fracture in the leg before breaking it.

From kids in Pee Wee leagues to athletes of professional sports, there is a growing fear on whether enough precautions are being implemented to protect them from injuring themselves . The fact that some student athletes are playing through injuries, is effecting them in the long run as it could prevent them from continuing to the collegiate and even professional level. Ware knew that he had previously suffered a hairline fracture in his leg yet decided to play, and with one land that shouldn’t have done anything to him has now put his future in sports in jeopardy.

Athletes who are looking for a safe and healthy way to remain protected from injury, should listen to doctors orders and get checkups regularly and after any part of the body starts to ache even if it’s minor. A yearly physical should also be done in order to assure that all aspects is checked before entering back into activity.

If athletes are really eager to get back into their sport, they can follow in the steps that some pro basketball players like Lebron James and Dwyane Wade take. Wade and James use hyperbaric chambers to accelerate the healing time.

The cost of suffering an injury often outweighs the benefits of playing with the risk of further injuring them, but in the cases where the athlete can’t pass up the chance to play not only I but doctors suggest the use of protective gear. For example, a type of very useful and protective gear most often used is a padded sleeve. The padding helps absorb the shock of a fall or collision which could make the difference of a broken bone or dislocated bone to being perfectly fine.


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