Secrets For Preventing Common Injuries
Being active and playing sports is great exercise for anyone who wants to stay healthy. However, there is always a risk of getting injured if you do not take the right safety precautions. Below is a list of common injuries that can occur while participating in a sport and how to best prevent them.
Sprains- an injury that occurs to the ligaments when they are overstretched stretched. Can cause pain, bruising and swelling.
Strains- an injury that occurs to the muscles or tendons when they are overstretched. Can also cause pain, bruising and swelling.
Acute- an injury that is the result of a specific impact or traumatic event. An example would be a shoulder dislocation or rolling your ankle.
Chronic- physical injury that develops slowly and is persistent and long-lasting or constantly recurring over time.
How to avoid an injury?
Warm-up- warming up the body before an activity will help elevate your heart and increase circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. The best warm up is a dynamic warm up.
Hydration- drinking fluid during exercise is necessary to replace fluids lost in sweat, even when it is cold out. Hydrating will reduce the risk of heat stress, maintain normal muscle function, and prevent performance decrease due to dehydration.
Playing through pain- It is normal to experience soreness and aches, but it is important you give your body a chance to rest and recover. If you pulled a muscle or twisted your ankle, continuing to play through the pain will only cause further irritation to the injury.
Rest days- it is crucial to take at least 1 day off per week to allow your body to recover in order to perform at your optimal fitness level.
Gear- whether you are playing soccer, football, or lacrosse it is vital to wear equipment and wear equipment that FITS. By wearing the appropriate and proper protective gear can reduce the likelihood of an injury occurring.
At the end of the day, whether you win or loose, it is crucial to listen to your body and know your limits. Staying healthy and safe will allow for an active and healthy future!