Sports 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.