Ah, the sweet smell of summer is in the air. The frigid temperatures and dark days of winter are finally making their exit, and you are ready to participate in some fun outdoor activities. Just thinking of the chance to play soccer, baseball, tennis or any other outdoor sport may cause you to experience delays in your ability to focus on current tasks. The only thing to dread is the possibility of becoming injured and unable to play for the rest of the season. If you have a favourite sport that you are ready to begin playing again, there are a few steps you can take as precautions in order to prevent yourself from being prone to sports injuries.
While it may be too late to begin implementing this year, the first thing you can do to prevent sports injuries is to maintain a certain level of physical activity throughout the year. When you choose to stay active, it helps your muscles and joints function properly and be able to withstand any impact that comes with intense sports activities. As you participate in your sport of choice, it is important to focus on correct posture—utilizing your muscles to keep your body aligned correctly. If your body is out of alignment when you are participating in activities, you are more likely to experience sports injuries. Other preventative steps you can take include wearing the proper protective gear (such as helmets), remembering to warm up and cool down, and being aware of your surroundings and other participants. It is also important to remember that “walking it off” isn’t always the best way to overcome an injury, so if you become injured, you will want to take a break.
By following these preventative measures, you can keep yourself safe as you embark on your summertime sports adventures. Chances are that if you focus on prevention, you can avoid some of the most common sports injuries such as sprains, knee injuries, or muscle injuries. However, should you find yourself dealing with sports injuries, come in and see us at Optimum Wellness. We can help you on the path to recovery and get you back to playing for fun once again.