Warming Up and Cooling Down: Do They Really Matter?
Let’s face it – in today’s hectic world, we’re all looking to save time one way or another! And, while taking a few shortcuts here and there usually isn’t a problem, there are certain things that are too important to skip out on – including a proper warm-up and cool-down! Crucial steps in maximizing your workout potential and reducing your chances of developing a sports-related injury, let’s take a closer look at why warming up and cooling down are so important to your exercise regimen.
- Warming Up: Just like we warm up our car in the morning, warming up our bodies before a workout helps prepare us for the physical demands of exercise. This will often take the form of a slow jog or a couple of laps around the pool. Besides raising your heart rate gradually, these types of exercises work to get blood flowing, raise your muscle temperature and increase your flexibility – all important steps in reducing your chances of developing a sports-related injury.
- Cooling Down: Resist the urge to skip your cool-down! Many athletes start off by gradually reducing their workout intensity, giving the body a chance to “come down” from the demands of physical activity. Equally important is a good stretch. This not only reduces muscle tension, but according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “stretching after each workout reduces your risk for injury.”
What Should I Do If I Sustain an Exercise-Related Injury?
While conditions like shin splints or runner’s knee can seem overwhelming at first, it’s important to understand that treatments are available. And, it’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Be sure to consult with a Sports Medicine Physician in your area. These are specialists in diagnosing sports-related injuries and setting you down the road to a complete recovery.
Sports Medicine in Napa and Vacaville
To find out more about injury prevention and starting an exercise regimen that’s right for you, contact us today. Call our Sports Medicine and Orthopedic offices at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville. We look forward to hearing from you soon.