How To Protect Yourself From Common Sports Injuries
Some sports-related injuries cannot be avoided because accidents happen. However, there are some ways you can protect yourself to lower your chances of getting hurt. Read about sports-related injuries here and what you can do to limit them.
Most Common Sports-Related Injuries
The most common sports-related injuries include:
- Sprained Ankles and hamstrings
- Pulled tendons and muscles
- Splints like shin splints
- Tears, including torn ACLs
- Repetitive motions injuries
To protect yourself from these injuries and others like them, you have to take a look at what these injuries have in common.
Overuse Leads to Straining
Exercise is good for you, but like all things, too much of a good thing can actually do damage. One of the best ways you can protect yourself from common sports-related injuries like strains and shin splints is to avoid overusing your muscles.
Strain is exactly what it sounds like -- stretching muscles too far and too much. Often this happens because you use your muscles too often. Likewise, splints are pains caused by muscles being irritated or swollen because they have been used excessively. Your body can only handle so much pressure, so be sure to limit your activity to a reasonable amount.
Neglecting Rest Can Lead to Injury
Not giving your body enough rest can do damage even when you aren't taxing yourself, so imagine what happens when you are constantly active.
After working out, your muscles need a break to refuel and rebuild in order to grow stronger. A major part of reducing the pressure on your body that cause issues like strains, splints, or tennis elbow is providing your body with the rest that it needs.
Some great ways to give your body more rest when you exercise often include:
- Icing sore or often-used muscles
- Taking a hot bath or shower after working out
- Alternating exercises every other day
Pushing Too Hard Is a Problem
When people talk about sports injuries that they have had, you will often hear them say "I knew I should have stopped, but..." When you push too hard, you risk serious injury. Pushing too hard is a leading cause of torn muscles and tendons, groin pulls, and more. Stop when you feel that strain to prevent yourself from feeling a lot more pain.
Interested In Learning More About Injury Prevention? Contact Sports Medicine of Napa Valley
To find out more about injury prevention and starting an exercise regimen that’s right for you, contact us today. You can reach us directly at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville. We look forward to meeting you.