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Avoiding Injury While Exploring the Great Outdoors

Avoiding InjuryThere’s nothing more invigorating and refreshing than spending time outside exploring what nature has to offer. However, the outdoors can be extremely dangerous if you don’t take certain outdoor safety precautions before going on a trip. If you want to know more about avoiding injury, at Moving Forward Rehab, we recommend several basic tips to stay safe.

Safety Tips

Knowing the area you are exploring, being aware of your body’s limitations, and employing a little common sense can ensure you stay safe outdoors. Avoiding injury can be a relatively simple process if you follow a few tips.

  • Always travel with a companion. In the case of an emergency, you don’t want to be by yourself without someone to help you. If you are traveling to a remote area, make sure that you have at least four people in your group.
  • Stay in good physical shape. As you hike, set a comfortable pace. If you have medical conditions, always make sure that you discuss them with your doctor before setting out on a trip. Make plans for acclimatization if you plan to travel to an area with high altitudes.
  • Maintain your equipment. Don’t wait until you’re in the wilderness to ensure your equipment is in good working condition.
  • Wear the right clothing. Before you head out on a trip, educate yourself regarding the area’s weather conditions to know what to pack.

If you’re an avid outdoor adventurer, learn basic first aid so you know how to identify and treat illnesses and injuries when you’re traversing the great outdoors.

Make a Full Recovery

Unfortunately, avoiding injury is not always possible when you engage in intense outdoor activities. If you recently went on an outdoor adventure, experienced an injury and need assistance making a full recovery, at Moving Forward Rehab, we can help. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 352-751-3781.

Make Sports Injury Prevention Your Goal

Sports Injury PreventionSports related injuries can be devastating to athletes. Whether permanent or temporary, any injury has the potential to change an athlete’s life, and prevention is key. At Moving Forward Rehab, we are happy to offer our rehabilitation therapy to those who need it, and we also strive to help teach sports injury prevention to all.

Preparation Wins Every Time

The most important tool you have for sports injury prevention is preparation. First, get a physical examination. The doctor will evaluate your overall health and look for any warning signs that may indicate that you should avoid strenuous activity.

Adequate Warm Up Time

Allowing adequate time for warm up and stretching is one of the most beneficial preventative measures you can take to avoid injury. A properly executed warm up can prevent many injuries, including sprains and muscle tears. Begin your warm up routine with 5-10 minutes of a light cardio activity, such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming. Start slowly, and work up to a slightly elevated heart rate. Then, stop and stretch for 5-10 minutes.

Stretching releases muscle tension, allowing the muscle to move with a greater range of motion. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds or more without bouncing. Make sure to stretch each muscle group you plan on using.

Other Easy Ways to Avoid Injury

Other preparatory steps to take include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing safety gear
  • Taking sufficient rest periods

Recovering from Injury

Here at Moving Forward Rehab, we understand the body and how to help it heal. While we wish everyone understood the importance of sports injury prevention, we know accidents happen. If you are suffering from a sports injury, contact us today at 352-751-3781 to set up an appointment.

 

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