Sports are a great way to stay active, relieve stress, and be fit. Thanks to sports, many of us are becoming stronger and living healthier lives. Though playing sports has a host of benefits, certain activities can also cause injury. With the help of the following tips, some common sports injuries can be prevented.
Warm Up and Stretch
Warming up is essential to injury prevention. Stretching helps loosen the muscles so that they are ready for action. Jumping jacks and toe touches can be a simple way to prepare for explosive activity. Jumping jacks are categorized as a dynamic stretching because they engage core muscles, legs, and hips.
Wear Protective Gear
Helmets and protective gear were invented for the very reason that they prevent the wearer from getting hurt in case of impact. Helmets help to protect and secure one’s head while playing sports such as football, hockey, baseball, softball, biking, skateboarding, and inline skating. Other protective equipment can include knee pads, elbow pads, mouth guards, and proper footwear is important for every on-the-ground sport.
Rest When Injured
A third way to help prevent sport injuries is to not play when injured. If an athlete decides to play while injured, the damage could worsen, delaying healing time, and increasing pain and discomfort.
Fully Understand the Game
Knowing the rules of a certain sport can help injuries. Each sport has rules that were created to make sure the game is played fairly and that injuries are (for the most part) prevented. For example, football players are not allowed to grab each other’s clothing to make a tackle. This type of behaviour during a tackle could cause neck injuries. The rules exist for an important reason.
If you’re an athlete who’s suffered an injury, you may wish to seek chiropractic help, massage therapy, or sports physical therapy. The Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centres of Ontario is a haven for athletes who want to get better. Our services are top of the line; contact us to find our nearest location.