As fall sports start to gear up, the number of people who experience a sports injury begins to rise. Though not all injuries can be prevented, there are a few things you can do to get your body, muscles, and joints ready.
By doing so, you can ensure that you or your child spend the season out in the game and off of the bench. Here’s how you can adequately prepare for the fall sports season ahead:
Being active and in shape will make the beginning of sports seasons a smooth one. You can talk to your coach or gym teacher for advice on workouts that can help support you or your child’s game.
Though sports drinks might market themselves as a great source of quick hydration, the best way to replenish your fluids and hydrate your joints and muscles, is with water. By staying hydrated, you can prevent heat-related illnesses and give your muscles the tools they need to perform at their best. Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after workouts.
Practice Injury Prevention
Many common sports injuries are preventable when proper form is learned and practiced. Another way to ensure you're strong enough to withstand the season is through cross-training. By doing so, you can give every muscle the workout it needs, without overusing the rest.
Take Proper Rest
If you or your child has been currently undergoing a conditioning routine, you’ll want to slow it down a bit before practice starts. This will allow you proper recovery time and prevent you from possible injury. If you do have a recurring sports injury, you’ll want to get treatment for it as soon as possible. Prolonging the pain can worsen the injury and do long-term damage.
Get Your Regular Physical
A sports physical, with your primary care doctor, will test and check any concerns you may have, such as asthma, scoliosis, and any heart issues. With a clean bill of health, your athlete will be fully equipped to tackle the sports season ahead.
Looking to make the most of your sports season but have a persistent injury that’s holding you back? KMC Orthopedics specializes in sports injuries and fractures so that you can get back on your feet and in the game in no time.