SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

The tentative date for the new location at 4606 W. Jefferson (same complex-Professional Park West) but in the front, first building on the right) is now June 1. An announcement will be made throughout the city for the grand opening and open house celebrations.

Speaking of summer, it’s time again when we leave our “caves” from hibernating through the winter to venture outside and start getting active again. The problem is that as we age, we are more prone to injuries, and more afraid of getting injured. This is true but most injuries can be avoided by using the guidelines set forth in this article.

If your activity consists of any sprinting (softball, baseball, tennis, basketball, etc.) it is always a good idea to train for the activity months ahead of time. I am not talking about a slow jog, but more on the lines of a casual walk to a jog and 30-second intervals of sprinting. As for any and all activity, it’s a good idea to do some sort of training before hand. If you’re not sprinting, maybe playing golf, swimming, biking, etc. just use the same concept as described above (slow swim to a medium to a sprint swim…you get the idea).

I also suggest you do other exercises along with it. These include squats with weights and pliometrics (eccentric contraction, amortisation phase-no change in muscle length, then a short concentric contraction). It is also important to incorporate a long warm-up to include active stretches, high knees, butt kicks, bear crawls, leg kicks, jumping, swivel hips, hopping on one leg, skipping, jump from both feet (bunny hop), and jumping rope. You can also try sprinting while changing directions but this could cause other problems (knees and ankles). Then, good static stretches to a jog and sprints for the warm-up. It is good to include shoulder, arms, hips, quads, hamstring, trunk twists, and backstretches in the warm-up. If you tear a muscle, make sure you ice it. Otherwise, follow each activity with a cool down consisting of mainly static stretches.

Core strengthening exercises may also help prevent repetitive activity injury. Overall, if you can make sure to follow these guidelines before each activity, then maybe you can stop saying, “I’m too old to play”… “to keep up, son.”

 

Take care, live life to the fullest, laugh all the time, and have a healthy day!

 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me at 260-459-2205 or via e-mail at drnill@nillfamilychiropractic.com.

Keep reading for future articles about the definite date in the change of our location along with news of the open house date. There will be plenty of freebies, promotions, discounts, massages, and many more exciting things at our open house so when the time comes, make it your number one priority to come and see the newest, most economical advancements in the wellness industry today.

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