Strategies for Prevention
If, like most people, your job is pretty sedentary, you may turn to recreational sports to stay fit and active. Unfortunately, if you’re not training on an almost full-time basis, you’ll be more susceptible to the so-called “weekend warrior” injuries:
- Groin pulls
- Hamstring injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Shin splints
- Torn meniscus, strained or torn ligaments and other knee injuries
- Tennis elbow and other forms of tendonitis
For most recreational athletes, strains and sprains are almost unavoidable, caused by sudden stretching of muscles and ligaments past their normal limits. You may not be able to avoid these types of injuries completely, but can reduce the risk of both occurrence and severity by following certain procedures.
- Always make certain you do a gentle warm-up before participating in any sport. That will increase blood flow to muscles and improve your flexibility
- Work your way into a sport—If you’re new or haven’t played in a while, don’t start with a marathon session. Sprains and strains can also come from overuse.
- Prepare for any big event—Whether it’s a long bike ride, a marathon or a tennis tournament, your preparation should take weeks, not minutes or hours. The more time you spend in preparation, the less the risk of sprains, strains and pulls.
- Cool down properly—One of the most important parts of a workout is the cool-down time. The more you stretch at the end of athletic activities, the less recovery time you’ll typically need before you can get back in the game.
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