A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments hold muscles together at a joint, so a sprain is of a joint. A strain or pull is an injury to a muscle. Either one can range from minor to severe. Generally, a muscle will heal faster because it has a better blood supply than a ligament. Treat either one with rest and ice, and a visit to the doctor if necessary. Do not try to play through the pain of a strain or sprain.
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