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    Published On : Fri, Jan 29th, 2021

    Risks of post-lockdown injuries are high among athletes: Dr. Sushrut Rajan

    WFH attributed 40% rise in cases of knee, back, neck pain among youth: Dr. Rajan

    Nagpur: With the lockdown induced to contain novel Coronavirus outrage has compelled work from home (WFH) becoming the new normal, many working professionals have started complaining of neck pain and backache. Though the restrictions came to an ease, however, this has led to an influx of hamstring, knee and ankle injuries among athletes as they return to the field ( not to mention India-Australia tour). Health experts say this is due to the prolonged improper sitting postures and sedentary lifestyle rooted by the lockdown.

    Dr. Sushrut Rajan, Hip and Knee specialist said that the orthopedics have witnessed a rise of 30-40 percent of patients with knee, neck, back and joints pain amid the pandemic. However, what raises concern is that most of the new patients are youth. He also discussed the high vulnerability of athletes in the post-lockdown era.

    Long working hours, wrong postures; root of problem: Dr. Rajan

    “Though, WFH was applauded by many at first. However, due to long working hours and improper sitting arrangements at home, many have started complaining of nagging pain in the neck, back and other muscle related issues. During WFH many picked sitting on laptops all day owing to the compatibility. But, this has been attributed in sedentary lifestyle, that too in wrong postures; which further resulted in back issues for many professionals,” said Dr. Rajan.

    Risk of post-lockdown injuries:

    No fan of cricket will ever forget the latest India tour of Australia. Despite the injured team, India triumphed over Australia at Gabba. While resuming and increasing activity level after a prolonged period of rest, the last thing an athlete needs is an injury slowing ones’ progress, says Dr. Rajan and discussed the need for endurance.

    On increased sports injuries in the post-lockdown period, Dr. Rajan further asserted that, “Pushing yourself too hard is one of the main causes of a sports injury when returning from a period of rest. While resuming training, one should focus on retaining stamina and endurance; gradually! To reach the peak performance one should start from basics with stretching, warm-ups being key aspects to include in the training programme to avoid any injuries,” he added.

    Small breaks, table-chair arrangements to prevent pain:

    Wrong postures and positions adopted by employees while WFH are the key factor attributing the pain. To avoid this, the screen level of the laptop, taking frequent breaks and doing exercise for relaxing the mind and muscles would be an ideal way. WFH is very different, in so many ways, from working in an office. As an infrastructure in the office is set up to support working conditions, one could also fetch in table-chair arrangement at home, to avoid the uncertain pain.

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