Simple Steps You Can Take to Stay Active and Healthy
When you play sports, you know that injury is always a possibility. Some injuries simply can’t be avoided, but many can. Here are some tips to help keep you in the game.
- Be willing to take some time off—Did you ever notice that professional athletes don’t have seasons that go all year round? There’s a good reason for that—your body needs some time off, both during the competitive season and between seasons. Take a day off every week from any activity related to your sport.
- Make certain you have the right equipment—That may include protective gear in high-contact sports, but it can be something as simple as ensuring that you have shoes that fit.
- Mix competition with training—You get a different type of workout in a match or game than you do when you’re training. Your goals in training should be to strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion, and improve your endurance.
- Pay attention to your technique—A small change in technique can quickly lead to injury, inflammation or discomfort. You may be using muscles that have been mostly dormant and are not as strong.
- Always take breaks, whether you’re training or competing—Give your body a chance to rebound and you’ll minimize the risk of overuse or stress.
- Follow the rules—They are often in place to maximize your safety
- Don’t play if you’re really hurting—You’ll know the difference between something that’s a short-term nuisance and a more serious injury. If you think you’ve sprained, strained or pulled something, it’s time to stop.
- Be sure to hydrate
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