Preventing Spring Injuries
Staying Safe From Spring Injuries
Spring is just around the corner. We understand that this Spring is different than others, but focusing on your health is more important now than ever. With warmer days and plenty of sunshine, it is the perfect time to get some outdoor physical activity. Many of us will be answering the call to “get out more” and “get more exercise,” which we all know has many health benefits for people of all ages. But how do we make sure that we will not end up with a new injury or a flare up of symptoms from an old injury? Try these tips in order to make sure that Spring is the only thing that is sprung. Learn how to prevent Spring Injuries and enjoy more of your activity throughout all of the year’s warmer months. There is nothing worse than being stuck inside with an injury when the sun is shining and the weather is warm.
Get A Slow Start
Many times our enthusiasm for starting warmer weather activities gets us very excited and we want to cannonball into the pool of our favorite annual pastimes. However, use some restraint and take things easy when you are getting back into your activity after a season long hiatus. For your first bike ride of the year, maybe you will do only 15 minutes or so and see how that treats your body the next day. If you find that you are not sore, increase the time or aim for a further distance. If you do feel pain or soreness, give your body a resting period and try the same amount of time again. Slowly work your way up to where you were in the Fall. A body at rest will want to stay at rest, so allow yourself some time to work up to where you want to be.
Warm Up Then Stretch
Warm Up and Stretch are both important to preventing Spring Injuries but they are different from each other. Many Sports Injuries are caused by lack of proper warm up. Get your body moving by doing some light physical activity, like jumping rope or doing jumping jacks, to warm up before beginning activities. It is equally important to take time to do appropriate stretches before you begin your Springtime activities. No matter if you are doing Spring Cleaning chores, Yard Work, or Sports, it is very important to take time to warm up and stretch. When stretching, hold for 20-30 seconds each and do not repeat stretches. If you stretch before warming up, the muscle will be cold, which could lead to possible injury during your activity.
Practice Good Form
When you begin your activity, make sure you are using the right form and proper techniques that apply to the sport or activity you have chosen. There are many online sources that you can utilize to find information about these techniques. If you are unsure, consult a coach or another professional that can give you pointers or tips. As you practice, keep this information in mind. It will not only help you become better in your chosen activity, but also help you avoid injury.
No matter what you are doing, it is very easy to forget to drink enough water to keep your body in good condition. It is especially important to stay hydrated during physical activity. Invest in a large enough water bottle that is comfortable for you to drink from. You may need to keep a few extra gallons of water available nearby, either in your car or somewhere on the field. Fill your water bottle frequently and remember, if you feel thirsty your body has already begun dehydrating.
Take Enough Breaks
It is important to take breaks during physical activity, whether it is a leisurely activity, a practice, or a championship game. Your body needs time to rest and recuperate in order to give time to repair muscles and prevent injury. If possible, take breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned area in order to help prevent Heat Stroke. If you are someone who exercises daily, make sure to take a day out of the week to rest. Your muscles will thank you and you will reduce your chance of injury.
All of us at Dr. Magaziner’s Office want you to enjoy Spring activity without getting Spring Injuries. If you do feel pain during Spring Time activities, consult a physician. It is very important to stay in contact with your doctor before, during and after beginning a new physical activity regimen. And always be careful if you have had a previous unhealed injury. Your doctor will be able to recommend appropriate therapy if you are experiencing pain. Whether you are biking, hiking, or just mowing the lawn this Spring, make sure you take proper precautions and steps to avoid Spring Injuries!
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