Whether you enjoy team sports, individual pursuits, or just like getting your 10,000 steps in every day, we applaud your efforts to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle. While not everyone is destined to be a pro athlete, we can all strive to stay active and have a high quality of life.
Whether you’re big into Crossfit, or just happy to take a daily walk, your fitness routine can pay big dividends on your overall health and wellness. What it shouldn’t do is cause an injury.
Injuries can occur when your body doesn’t have the correct balance of strength and flexibility. Muscle tears, sprains and strains, and even painful arthritic changes can flare up by overextending, or not correctly supporting your fitness efforts. With a few common-sense tips and techniques, you can avoid sports injuries that keep you out of the game.
Stretching and flexibility
The first line of defense to avoid sports-related injuries is a proper stretching regime. While it's impossible to prevent every potential injury, a balance of spinal strength and flexibility can help dramatically reduce your likelihood of getting injured.
Stretching can improve your flexibility and decrease your risk of injury. Research shows dynamic (or movement-based) warm-ups can potentially enhance performance.
Flexibility is the key to staying injury-free. Whether you are stretching during long hours at the computer, practicing yoga on the weekends, or using chiropractic care to improve your spinal (and extremity) range of motion, it’s essential to view flexibility as a journey rather than a destination.
Building strength and capacity slowly
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your body. Strength training can increase your resilience and prepare your body for activity.
Long term strength builds through repetition. While there is a time and place for loading with max weight, if you are just getting started in a workout routine, it's usually best to start slowly using lighter weights and increasing your repetitions.
Researchers have discovered that a combination of proper warm-up and cool down, a full range of motion, and progressive intensity training can help reduce injuries when strength training.
Everyday preventative steps
Every day that you take a proactive approach to strength and flexibility, you are reducing the chance of an injury, making progress towards your goals, and living a healthier life.
Ask your doc
One of the most effective ways to improve your spinal mobility and flexibility is through Chiropractic care. Adjustments to your spine and extremities can increase their range of motion. They may help you find that perfect balance of strength and flexibility. There’s a reason why nearly every major professional sports team has a chiropractor on staff to support their athletes' achievements.
We understand that everyone has unique health goals. If you have a specific question about injury prevention based on the activities you love, ask! We believe that by taking a proactive approach with your health and wellness, you can have a more inspired and fulfilling life, and we’ll be here for you every step of the way.
Want to learn more about preventing exercise and sports-related injuries? Join our FREE virtual workshop:
RECOVER: End nagging sports injuries and get back in the game
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