Often no matter how much you can prepare, sometimes sports injuries are unavoidable.
As summer hits and outdoor activities begin, remember to take some measures to ensure that you don’t over-do your fun in the sun.
Here are some tips to prevent sports injuries:
- Know your limits: As well as taking a break when you are injured you should also know when you are pushed your limits. As your body ages, you are more prone to sports injuries. Always listen to your body and consult with your fitness instructor. Pushing it too hard can be the difference between peaking and risking an injury.
- Remember to stretch: stretching is the most important warmup for your joints and muscles before an intensive workout. Do not rush your stretching as this is the key for preventing sports injuries.
- Seek treatment: It may be easy to self-diagnose and treat on your own. However, it’s important that if you have a sports injury, the best thing you can do is allow yourself time to completely recover. Meeting with an orthopedic surgeon will help determine how long you need to rest and what your rehabilitation will look like.
- Wear protective gear: With any sport that you undertake, ensure that you are wearing the best protective gear. Be sure that your safety equipment fits properly and is in good condition.
- Drink up: Drinking lots of water is important as hydration helps your body perform at its best. Keeping hydrated before and after exercise also decreases the chance of cramps and other internal injuries. Try to drink electrolyte enriched drinks and always keep a water bottle by yourself at all times.
- Health diet: Try to stick to a nutritious meal plan full of lean protein and carbohydrates. Maintaining a balanced diet on a consistent basis is important, not just on days you will be participating in your favourite sport. Make sure you include plenty of vegetables, fruits and the right amount of calcium into your diet. These will promote overall health.
- Do not exercise with sports injuries. This can have more severe long term effects.
- Conditioning and strength training: No matter what sport is your favourite, you can benefit from strength training exercises to enhance performance and prevent sports injuries. Always consult with a certified trainer or coach about which conditioning exercises are best for you.
If you happen to suffer from an injury this Summer, and if your GP suggests you visit an orthopedic surgeon. Don’t hesitate to book a consultation with Dr Sunner (02) 4731 8466.