Prevention and Caring for Sports Injuries

The weather’s getting warmer and that means your chiropractic team is about to start seeing an increase in the amount of patients coming in for sports related injuries.

It doesn’t matter what kind of game you’re into- basketball, softball, soccer or running- the name of the game is protecting yourself from injuries. If you’ll make the time to incorporate some of the following tips into your training program, you’ll be more likely to spend your time on the field instead of benched by injuries.

Tips for Staying Safe While Playing Sports:

  • Familiarize yourself with your sport. Don’t ever go out on the field without knowing the rules up front. You should know the layout of the game or field and have a grasp of the rules. This will prevent you from injuries while giving you a better idea of how to play.
  • Have the proper equipment. Hopefully you’re not one of those people who shun safety gear like pads and guards as equipment for “sissies.” There’s nothing macho about tearing ligaments and straining muscles.
  • Speaking of straining muscles- you should prepare your body before playing any type of sports. A few minutes of stretching beforehand could prevent a pulled muscle or other serious mishap.
  • Slather on the sunscreen. Not only will it prevent painful sunburns, it will protect your skin from premature aging.
  • Test your equipment before using it. Make it a habit to regularly inspect your gear before every game to ensure that it’s free from defects and safe for you to use.
  • Listen to your body. If you start feeling short of breath or if your muscles are feeling weak, then it’s time to take a break. Better to take a few minutes now than to completely miss out on the rest of the game later.
  • Don’t be a “weekend warrior.” Keep your body in shape through workouts throughout the week to prevent overuse on the weekends.
  • Find a sport that suits your level of physical activity, or work up to the one you want to play. You may want to start running, but if you’re in poor shape, you might want to consider walking for a while before you sign up for that marathon.

If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be much more likely to get more out of your exercise this year than a trip to the emergency room. If you need more information on this subject, remember that your chiropractic team is a great resource for keeping your body strong and healthy. They’ll also be able to provide you with the help you need to find out what physical activity level is right for you.

 

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