Sports Injury Prevention

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Sports Injury Prevention

Sports injuries occur during exercise or while participating in a sport. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t wise to push through the pain of an injury.

The best way to prevent a sports injury is to warm up properly and stretch. Cold muscles are prone to overstretching and tears. Warm muscles are more flexible. They can absorb quick movements, bends, and jerks, making injury less likely.

Take these steps to avoid sports injuries:

Use the proper technique.

  • Learn the proper way to move during your sport or activity.
  • Different types of exercise require different stances and postures. For example, in some sports, bending your knees at the right time can help avoid an injury to your spine or hips.

Have the proper equipment.

  • Wear the right shoes.
  • Make sure you have the proper athletic protection. Ill-fitting shoes or gear can increase your risk for injury.

Don’t overdo it.

  • If you do get hurt, make sure you’re healed before you start the activity again. Don’t try to “work through” the pain.
  • When you return after letting your body recover, you may need to ease yourself back into the exercise or sport rather than jumping back in at the same intensity.

Cool down.

  • Remember to cool down after your activity. Usually, this involves doing the same stretching and exercises involved in a warmup.
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Resume activity slowly.

  • Don’t be tempted to nurse your injury for too long. Excessive rest may delay healing. After the initial 48-hour period of R.I.C.E (explained) you can start using heat to help relax tight muscles.
  • Take things slowly, and ease back in to exercise or your sport of choice.

Risks

Anyone may find themselves coping with a sports injury, regardless of the last time they suited up for the baseball diamond. But some factors put you or a loved one at an increased risk for injury.

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Childhood

Because of their active nature, children are especially at risk for sports injuries. Children often don’t know their physical limits. That means they may push themselves to injury more easily than adults or teenagers.

Age

The older you grow, the more likely you are to experience an injury. Age also increases the odds that you have sports injuries that linger. New injuries may aggravate these previous injuries.

Lack of care

Sometimes, serious injuries start off as small ones. Many injuries that result from overuse, such as tendonitis and stress fractures, can be recognized early by a doctor. If they’re left untreated or ignored, they can develop into a serious injury.

Children or adults who plan to begin participating in sports can benefit by having a physical examination by a doctor first.

Diagnosis

Many sports injuries cause immediate pain or discomfort. Others, like overuse injuries, might be noticed only after long-term damage. These injuries are often diagnosed during routine physical examinations or checkups.

An experienced chiropractor is also able to help in a number of ways. Sports massages can alleviate the pain and swelling incurred in an injury. They can also serve to optimize performance by stimulating healthy blood flow and warming up muscles.

Regular chiropractic treatment can reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.

Contact us today for an appointment, and we’ll help you get back in the game.

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