Many people seek the assistance of a chiropractor once they have injured themselves. This injury may have occurred at work, or during a sporting activity. There are many ways to reduce your risk of injury that are specific to individual sports. The following are a few general ways you can help to avoid injury and reduce your need for rehabilitation or therapy.
Warming up and cooling down is not just for the rugby stars or major athletes, these steps are an important part in reducing the risk of injury in any sporting level. Warming up prior to playing sport with some gentle movement and exercise helps to promote blood flow to your muscles and gets them ready for intense action. Stretching your muscles once they are warm helps to increase your flexibility, allowing your muscles to move and stretch without strain during your activity.
Your cool down is just as important as your warm up. Once again, this gentle activity after sports will allow your muscles to relax slowly which helps to avoid any stiffness or soreness after your game. This activity helps to remove all toxins or waste products built up in your muscles during exercise, replacing them again with blood and oxygen. Some cool down techniques include:
Wear the right equipment
A major factor in sporting injuries is not using or wearing the appropriate gear. In sports such as rugby and soccer, wearing correctly fitted boots is a major factor in preventing ankle or knee injuries. If you are wearing loose fitted shoes, you are at risk of rolling your ankle, or causing serious damage to your knee or leg muscles. Ensuring your laces are tight and your foot is supported is one of the easiest ways to prevent a very common injury.
In cricket, softball or even basketball, wearing protective gear such as helmets, pads and mouthguards can help reduce your risk of injury. All of these pieces of equipment have been designed for protection and to assist in playing each sport. Wear them and use them correctly to ensure you remain injury free.
Keep up your fluid intake
Dehydration can have a major impact on your muscles due to poor blood flow. If you are dehydrated, your blood volume reduces, thus reducing your body’s ability to transport oxygen to your working muscles. This can lead to anything from small strains to major muscle tears, so ensure you are keeping hydrated at all times.