Repetitive motion and improper form during physical activity can lead to an overuse injury in a joint or muscle. These differ from acute injuries in that they gradually occur over time, and cannot be pinpointed to a particular event.
Though age does play a part in your risk factor, anyone can suffer an overuse injury. To keep physically active, without risking your chance of injury, here’s what you need to know:
With proper strength training, you can reduce your risk of injury and better equip your body for the repetitive motion it may endure. The most accurate way to do so is with cross-training. This will allow different muscle groups to be strengthened without overworking a specific area.
Pay Attention to Form
Proper form can not only help you perform at the top of your game, but it also allows for injury prevention. If you are new to a sport or activity, consider taking lessons. Posture, stance, and technique all play a part in how your muscles are being used.
Don’t Skip Rest Days
With any new activity, some pain can be expected, but if the pain is persistent during your workout, you are pushing beyond your limits. At least one rest day per week is necessary to give your body the time it needs to recharge itself.
Treating an Overuse Injury
Rest and ice are your first steps in managing your overuse injury. Proper warmups and cooldowns can also help alleviate extra pain to the area. If you know the leading cause of your injury, you’ll want to stop the activity and speak to an orthopedic about the next steps in treatment.
Don’t ignore your overuse injury If you’re spending the summer benched, the KMC Orthopedics doctors can help you manage your pain and treat your sports injury, so you can get back in the game.