It's Sport Wednesday. We want to enlighten you on Tips on how to prevent Sports-Related Injuries. The following steps prevent you from experiencing a Sports-Related Injury.
1. Set realistic goals.
It is crucial that our goals are realistic, achievable and sustainable.” Whether your goal is to swim more laps, lift a certain amount of weight or run a specific distance, set an obtainable goal and gradually work to improve.
2. Plan and prepare.
If you plan to begin exercising regularly or want to begin a new program, you should meet with your primary care provider first and discuss your options. Also, take the time to learn the proper techniques required for your sport or program. Working with a personal trainer or signing up for a class are often safe and enjoyable ways to start a new activity.
3. Warm up and cool down.
It is important to warm up before physical activity because research has shown that a heated muscle is less likely to be strained. To accomplish this, you should walk or jog before you start your exercise and then again afterward to help your muscles cool down slowly. Another important way to prevent injury is to increase your flexibility. This can be done by stretching before and after a workout, but it is best to do so once the body is already warm.
4. Take your time.
Don’t push yourself too hard too fast. Getting in shape or learning a new sport takes time. “We need to allow for adequate time to gradually increase training levels so that our bodies have time to adjust to the stresses on our bones, joints and muscles” When running, increase your mileage gradually and give yourself plenty of time to recover between workouts.
5. Listen to your body.
Adjust your activities if your body is showing signs of too much stress. “While a mild and short-lived muscle ache is generally considered ‘good pain’ in your joints is not normal and is a sign that you should cut back.