Playing sports can be enormously beneficial to your overall health, but
like every physical activity, it also carries the risk of injury. Fortunately,
there are things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing a sports
injury and dealing with the subsequent trips to the
emergency room and potential for long-term complications. Protect your ability to stay
in the game with this advice.
Make Rest Part of Your Game Plan
Being a good athlete means making rest a legitimate part of your training
plan. Your body needs time to recover between grueling workouts and competitive
matches, so recognize the wisdom of taking a day off. Ideally, you should
rest for at least one day per week and consider taking one month off each
year to let your body rest. Without proper rest, you make yourself more
vulnerable to strains, sprains, and repetitive use injuries that could
keep you on the sidelines for much longer than a single day.
Stop When It Hurts
Pain is your body’s way of alerting you to a problem, so pay attention
to the messages you’re receiving. Although you may want to push
through your pain and keep playing, doing so can cause a relatively minor
injury to become a season-ending one. Listen to your body’s cues
to avoid contributing to an injury that could require a lengthy recovery time.
Pay Attention to Technique
When you don’t use proper technique to perform the actions required
in your sport, you put yourself at risk of an injury. Be sure to learn
the right way to play, whether it is figuring out how to release a jump
shot or how to swing a racket. If you have trouble maintaining the proper
technique, consider if your conditioning could be to blame. Sometimes,
strengthening and flexibility exercises can help build muscles that make
maintaining the right form easier.
Even with the best efforts, sometimes injuries are inevitable for athletes.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offers emergency care, orthopedics,
and rehab to help athletes get back in the game. Find out more about our
hospital in Thousand Oaks or ask for a referral to a specialist by calling (877) 888-5746.