IBJI will feature a regular "Tip of the Week'" related to common athletic ailments and injuries.

Tip #1
Massage therapy helps support healing in your body, reduce recovery time after an injury, ease pain, and enhance your overall well being. Massage is useful for many musculoskeletal problems such as sprains, strains, and can help decrease swelling when an injury is sustained. Today’s tip is brought to you by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Ibjirehab.com Move Better. Live Better.

Tip #2
Female basketball players’ risk of an ACL injury is 2-4 times higher compared to a male basketball player. Chicago Sky players include an ACL prevention program as part of their regular strength and conditioning programs to reduce their risk of injury. Some common exercises to assist in preventing an ACL injury are split squats, hamstring curls, and sidesteps with a band. Today’s tip is brought to you by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Ibjirehab.com Move Better. Live Better.

Tip #3
Did you know that concussion symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several months? If you sustain a blow to the head be sure you watch for common concussion symptoms including headache, nausea, balance or vision problems, confusion, dizziness, ringing in your ears, or feeling sluggish. When athletes are suspected of having a concussion, they should be removed from play immediately and should follow-up with their athletic trainer or physician. Today’s tip is brought to you by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Ibjirehab.com Move Better. Live Better

Tip #4
A common nutrition myth is that carbohydrates are bad. The fact is your body needs carbohydrates to function properly, it’s just important to choose the RIGHT carbohydrates. A few tips on choosing wisely include eating whole grains, emphasizing fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, sticking to low-fat dairy products, limiting added sugars, and incorporating beans and legumes in your daily diet. Today’s tip is brought to you by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Ibjirehab.com Move Better. Live Better

Tip #5
When you’re sore after a practice or game, make sure to use ice on that area of the body. Using ice after activity for acute soreness or injuries can help assist with decreasing swelling and pain. Use the rule of 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off when icing multiple times in close proximity. Today’s tip is brought to you by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Ibjirehab.com Move Better. Live Better