Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sports Injuries

Any sport you participate in can put you at risk for an injury. However, sports are a great way to stay physically active and fit.

Experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, encourages athletes at all levels to stay engaged in their favorite sports, and also to stay aware of what they can do to prevent injuries. Dr. Weddle offers some guidance on the different ways you can reduce your personal injury risk on the field or court. 

The most common sports injuries

All types of sports can cause a variety of acute injuries that result from falls, direct contact with other players, or repetitive movements required in different activities.

Some of the most common sports injuries that occur in both amateur and professional athletes include:

These conditions can leave you with persistent back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain, and limit what you can do for an extended period of time.

While many of these conditions can eventually heal naturally, some may cause long-lasting consequences like chronic pain and mobility issues. Additionally, if you experience recurrent injuries in the same part of your body, they can ultimately lead to a disability and the end of your participation in the sport.

5 ways you can reduce your risk for injury

There are a number of ways you can prevent sports injuries. While each sport has its own risk factors, there are things you can do in general to protect your health and reduce your risk for strains, dislocations, and other sports-related injuries.

1.Hydrate in advance

Drinking water on the day of the game is important for preventing dehydration, but it’s also important that you hydrate in advance of game day, especially if temperatures are high.

Drink plenty of water in the days before intense physical activity to help you keep your stamina and prevent complications from heat exhaustion.

2. Warm up and cool down

Warm up exercises get your body ready for physical activity. You should take time to stretch your muscles to release tension before the game, holding each stretch for about 20 seconds.

After the game is over, take more time to let your body cool down. The cool down process is just as important as your initial warm up for preventing injuries and should last twice as long as your initial warmup time.

3. Use the right equipment

The right equipment not only can improve your performance in the game, it can also protect you from unnecessary injuries.

Take an inventory of your gear and make sure everything fits well and is supportive – from your helmet all the way down to your shoes.

4. Take time off

While it’s important to participate in strength training and cardiovascular exercises regularly to keep fit and boost your performance on the field, you also need to schedule in some downtime to let your body rest.

Never engage in intense exercise if you’re experiencing pain or feel exhausted. Listen to what your body’s telling you and take a break whenever you can during the game to prevent simple mistakes that can lead to complex injuries.

5. Learn the right techniques

Whether you participate in sports on a recreational or professional level, it’s important to follow through with the proper techniques required of each sport. Learn how to move your body correctly and use proper form to prevent muscle strains and other sports-related injuries.

Dealing with sports injuries the right way

Even if you follow every guideline for preventing sports injuries, there’s always a possibility you’ll get hurt. In the event you feel pain or notice a decrease in your mobility, it’s important that you seek medical help as soon as possible.

Dr. Weddle has extensive experience in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and joint injuries and other conditions that result from sports injuries. He customizes a treatment plan that focuses on easing pain and restoring function in the affected joint or muscle, so you can get back to the game as quickly and safely as possible.

If you’ve been benched with a sports injury, call DMC Healthcare or schedule a consultation with Dr. Weddle through the online booking system today. 

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