Every athlete and fitness expert has sustained a gym-related health problem in some form or another. In Canada, most sports injuries are a result of outdoor activities, such as cycling or snowboarding. However, indoor sports are known to cause a range of everyday health issues, such as shin splints and athlete’s foot, that impede the wellness process. Fortunately, most common health complaints from athletes can be easily treated, which is why it’s important for gym-goers to monitor bodily changes as they work to achieve holistic fitness.

Fungal Infections

Fungal and bacterial infections are common when exercising, due to the accumulation of sweat in small spaces. Athlete’s foot, the most common form of fungal infection, occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet, often between toes in sweaty socks and sneakers. This is because fungi grow best in warm, wet places, such as the area between the toes. Doctors will usually be able to tell right away if a skin condition is athlete’s foot, although symptoms vary from person to person. Traditionally, treatment for athlete’s foot involved applying antifungal creams and lotions to kill the fungus. More recently, though, emerging advances in Bio-Technical Resources have developed ways to locate particular strains of microbial fermentation, which may lead to more specialized forms of treatment for fungal infections if symptoms do not resolve with ordinary treatment. 

Shin Splints

A familiar complaint for most runners, shin splints are a condition that causes pain in the front part of the lower leg. The pain is most likely from repeated stress on the shin bone (the tibia) and the tissue that connects the muscle to the tibia. Generally speaking, shin splints start as a dull, aching pain, and grow sharper when left untreated. Most runners treat shin splints by a combination of ice, rest, and low-impact workouts to help strengthen their muscle tissue. In some cases, it may be necessary to use new running shoes, as the tread can wear off and exacerbate pain in the lower leg. Swimming is also a popular cardio exercise for individuals looking for a low-impact activity in lieu of running.

Joint Pain And Arthritis  

Joint pain encompasses various forms of pain or inflammation arising from any part of a joint — including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles. The most common form of joint pain is arthritis, and while exercise is shown to reduce symptoms, sometimes joints become sore or tender after a heavy workout. It’s important to gauge your symptoms: while mild muscle soreness after a workout is normal, sharp pain during or immediately after can signal injury. Yoga and other forms of stretching are commonly recommended to reduce joint pain for strength trainers, particularly as they age.

Barring exceptional circumstances, most health complaints from the gym resolve with proper treatment. It’s important to take stock of your symptoms and treat issues as they develop with the consult of a medical professional, so that painful inconveniences don’t deter your journey to getting fit.

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