Both children and adults enjoy extra-curricular activities that get the heartbeat up and lets them blow off some steam in a healthy way. Sports are an excellent way to beat obesity and stay fit, as well as stay mentally sharp. However, with physical activities comes bumps and bruises, as well as a few serious injuries. Here are a few tips when it comes to preventing common sports injuries and staying in prime condition.
Wear the appropriate gear and know what it’s designed for
Make sure that you wear gear like shoulder pads, helmet, and face guards that are part of your chosen sports ensemble. Also, have an understanding of why they are designed with specific attributes, so you know what they are intended to protect. Many injuries result in people being over-confident in their abilities because they think that the gear is built to withstand every attempt they make, no matter how hard the hit.
Talk to a chiropractor before and after an injury occurs
There are many people out there that don’t know a chiropractor can help them before an injury occurs. Plus, they’ve helped all age groups from kids to adults to prevent and treat sports-related injuries. They can individualize a plan and exercises for you based on the repetitive actions you take on the field. They have an in-depth understanding of how the body works together, and they focus on strengthening the body with conditioning exercises. They will also guide you towards increasing your flexibility.
Learn the right techniques for playing
It’s natural for us to want to lob our bodies around the field in a way that gets the job done. However, even if you find a little success with these motions, your body (and your game) will be affected in the long run. Whether you plan on going pro one day, or you just play a little afternoon basketball with a group from work, learn the right techniques that keep your body protected.
Condition your body and always warm up
If you haven’t played tackle football in some time, and then decide to jump on the field out of the blue one day, you’re going to find that you are not as limber as you once were. Take the time to condition your body so that your muscles are ready for the movements you’ll be making and you’ll be less likely to have sprains and fatigue. Also, be sure you schedule the time to warm up before you really start getting active.
Let the injury heal if one does occur
While you want to prevent the first injury from ever happening, if you have suffered a sprain, pulled a hamstring, torn a knee, or had any other painful occurrence while playing sports, you need to let it heal. So many people will reinjure themselves by not allowing enough recovery time and then they don’t recondition their body. If you want to know that you’re cleared for playing again, talk to your chiropractor about your health and let them do an evaluation. Then you can make an informed decision about what your next moves are.