Spring is the time of year when everyone is rushing to get outside. Spring athletic programs are gearing up for the first season, while parents and trainers are trying to find everything their kids will need to play competitively.
It’s important for athletes to start training before the season starts so their body is ready for the strenuous activity that lies ahead. Training before the season will strengthen the body and improve flexibility, lowering the risk of possible injury.
Common Sports Injuries
There are many different types of sports injuries, some being more serious than others. Sprained ankles and pulled muscles are often the most commonly reported sports-related injuries no matter what sport is being played. Tendonitis, ACL tears, and shin splints are also common.
Stress fractures and the growth of scar tissue can also have an impact on your level of athletic performance. If you have received a sports related injury, it’s essential that you follow your athletic trainer’s orders so you don’t return to play too soon and re-injure the area.
The Importance of Warming Up
Before beginning any type of athletic activity, be it exercising or actually competing, you should warm up your body. Stretching is a common warm up activity that gets the blood flowing and warms up the muscles. Muscles that are forced to perform while they are still “cold” are more likely to be strained, and sometimes even torn. Warming up the muscles provides them with the nutrients and oxygen they need to perform efficiently, reducing the risk of tears and strains.
Use the Right Equipment
It’s also important to use the right equipment when you take the field. Proper fitting shoes will prevent tripping and will allow your legs to move more efficiently without placing strain on the ankles and feet. If your position requires the use of special equipment like a mask or headgear, make sure that everything fits securely. Wearing gloves may allow you to get a better grip and to handle a bat or racket more efficiently.
Preventing Common Sports Injuries
One of the best ways to prevent any type of sports injury is to always be mindful of what you are doing. Keeping your mind in the game allows you to see what’s going on around you. Injury prevention starts with knowing what risks are present and learning to avoid them. Orthopedists who practice sports medicine often see injuries in athletes who weren’t concentrating and made common mistakes during a play. After an injury physical therapy and strengthening exercises can often keep an athlete from re-injuring themselves. This is especially true if they continue to exercise after their regular therapy is over.
Whether you have suffered a complete tear or are dealing with the effects of scar tissue, you should always try to keep your body strong and healthy. Using strengthening exercises throughout the year will ensure you are ready when the spring season rolls around. Flexibility and range of motion must be properly maintained throughout the year if you plan on keeping sports-related injuries to a minimum. Our team at Backfit Health + Spine is ready to help you get sport ready, no matter what season. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary assessment and see how we can help.