Preventing Injury in Playing a Sport
Playing a sport is one of the best ways to get exercise. Although, the most conditioned and fit person can still get injured, even in protective gear. Some common injuries can be strains, sprains, joint and muscle injuries, dislocations, fractures, and tears to ligaments. The top causes for injuries mainly happen due to improper or poor training practices, not wearing appropriate gear, being in poor health or not warming up or stretching prior to practicing.
What are some ways to prevent injury? You’d be surprised to know it can be done with some basic steps listed below:
- Incorporate a fitness plan that includes cardio, strength training and flexibility.
- Alternate your exercise with different muscle groups every other day to allow the ones just worked to recover.
- Stretch and/or warm up prior to starting your activity. Stretching will release any tension in the muscles and get them warmed up for the work. The stretching should not be to the point that it is painful. Hold each stretch for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay hydrated! Preventing dehydration keeps your muscles healthy and decreases the chance of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Learn the right techniques for your sport or activity. If you are brand new to it, work with a trainer a couple of times to make sure your form is accurate.
- Utilize the appropriate equipment or gear. This is to include the right kind of shoes that will provide the right kind of support your activity warrants.
- Rest if you need a break.
- Do not participate if you are extremely tired, ill or are having pain.
- If you do get an injury, be fully recovered before returning to your sport.
Athletes and people who enjoy intramural sports do so because it’s usually a passion or hobby of theirs. The last thing you want is to endure an injury to where you are out for a few days, weeks or worse yet, for good. Keep these tips in mind to keep on top of your game and of course, always talk to your doctor before starting a new activity.