Don't Fall Victim to Sports-Related Injuries

Don't Fall Victim to Sports-Related Injuries

Despite the advantages and necessity of exercise, there are still inherent risks involved when it comes to physical activity: injuries. According to STOP Sports Injuries, there are 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year due to sports-related injuries. What may be even more shocking is that more than half of all sports-related injuries are preventable.

 

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to fall victim to sports-related injuries. In fact, the most common injuries occur during regular exercise. The easiest way to avoid health complications and costly medical bills is to perform simple injury-prevention activities before and after physical exercise.

 

Do your body and wallet a favor by following these simple tips to prevent injuries:

 

Warm-Up


It may not be glamorous, but warming up helps prevent injury. By warming up, your body pumps necessary blood to your muscles and tissues to ensure your body is ready for exercise. The best type of warm-up is through movements that mimic the type of activity you are about to perform. For instance, if you’re going on a jog, try walking or using the elliptical machine for 10 minutes.

Use Proper Technique


When beginning a workout regime, ask a certified trainer to demonstrate the proper technique. One of the most common mistakes in technique occurs when trying to perform a basic abdominal crunch. Many individuals arch their neck, resulting in an ineffective crunch and possible neck/spine injuries. To fix this, try removing your hands from behind your head to avoid pulling and arching your neck. Instead, place your hands across your chest, and raise your shoulders a few inches off of the ground. 

Vary Your Workout and Rest


Whether you love jogging, playing basketball, lifting weights, or bicycling, work in different exercises rather than always doing the same thing. By performing the same exercise over and over you may develop injuries like stress fractures, shin splints or back pain. Similar to rotating the tires on your car, varying your workout and incorporating a form of cross-training is a great way to rest your body and avoid constant stress on the same parts of your body.  If you love to jog, try mixing up your routine with yoga or swimming. Your body will remain active, yet get the rest it needs to keep you running at your best.

Don’t let an injury hinder your TR90 body transformation. For more injury prevention tips, visit: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sports_Injuries/sports_injuries_ff.asp.

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