How to prevent athletic injuries
As chiropractors, many of the injuries we see relate to recreational activities or athletics. It is important to stay healthy by being active, but sometimes this can lead to stress on your body or acute accidents or injuries. Whether you are new to a sport, starting a new workout regimen, or are an experienced athlete, these tips will help you prevent injuries while you’re in action. These are also helpful tips to keep your kids safe if they are doing sports at school or in clubs.
The importance of warming up is well known, but many still overlook this important step. Taking a few minutes to do some low impact exercises helps to get your heart rate up, your muscles warm, and your body prepared for the stresses of higher impact exercise. Putting too much stress on a cold, unprepared muscle can result in pulling or tearing, and can have an impact on nearby joints as well. Some light stretching and calisthenics will do wonders for your athletic performance, and will keep you out of the chiropractor’s office with an injury!
Food and water
Not only does drinking plenty of fluids and eating healthy improve your athletic performance, it also helps to prevent injury. Water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes are all important to keeping your body and mind functioning properly when you exercise. Dehydration or inadequate nutrition can put extra stress on muscles and joints, and can slow down mental processing and lead to falls or accidents. Having plenty of protein in your diet is also extremely important, as it plays a key role in muscle development and tissue healing.
Overuse injuries are extremely common in people who play sports. When you are repeating the same motion without adequate rest, you can inflame joints, damage muscle, and decrease your overall performance. Make sure you get plenty of rest between periods of intense activity, and stop and take a break if you notice anything feeling sore or uncomfortable. This is especially important for active youth, as their growing bodies are at higher risk of overuse injuries.
Stop if something doesn’t feel right
When you do intense physical activities or sports, injuries are bound to happen occasionally. An athlete puts a lot of stress on their body, and accidents can happen. When they do, it is important you step away and seek treatment if necessary. Sprains, strains, inflammation, and back and neck pain might not seem like a big deal, but they can get worse if you don’t slow down and take care of them. A seemingly minor injury can become a long term, chronic problem if it is not properly addressed by a medical professional.
Chiropractic treatment can help with a number of athletic injuries. The chiropractors at Vida Chiropractic can diagnose the cause and prescribe a treatment plan to get you on the path to recovery. This could include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, stretches, muscle strengthening exercises, or a combination of these treatments. The benefit of these treatments is that you are treating the problem, but also taking steps to prevent a similar injury from happening again.