Avoiding Sports Injuries
Playing sports is a fun pastime and provides you with exercise to help strengthen your heart, joints, and bones. Unfortunately, what comes as part of the territory of playing sports is the potential for injury. Sports injuries can be serious and severe, or mild, but need treatment in either case. Many athletes visit chiropractors regularly not just following an injury, but as a preventative method as well. These tips can help avoid sports injuries and know when to find treatment.
From head to toe, you should always wear the right type of protective gear. Even if you are playing a sport that you think you won’t get hurt, the risk of injury is always there. It is better to be overprotected than under-protected. Depending on the type of sport you play, you might need a helmet, special types of shoes, elbow or knee pads, wrist braces, goggles, a protective cup, or a mouth guard.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Don’t just start playing right away; warming up is essential no matter what kind of shape you are in. Because many types of sports injuries are soft tissue injuries — those that affect muscles, tendons and ligaments — spend at least 10-15 minutes before every game or practice session to warm up your entire body. If you play in a team, you’ll likely participate in warm-up sessions for all players. But if you play a sport on your own or as a social activity with your friends, don’t skip warming up. The cool-down with stretching is just as important, as it helps to further protect your body and keep the risk for injury low.
If you’re new to the game, pace yourself and start slow. Be aware of your surroundings and be sure you know how to play the game. Ask for a break when you need it, as you need to give your body some time to adjust to the new physical activity.
Don’t Ignore Injuries
A common mistake when people play sports is to ignore injuries, whether because of the desire to keep playing, belief that the injury isn’t serious, or thought that the injury will go away on its own. However, any type of pain or discomfort, especially a sensation never felt before, warrants an office visit. Call us right away when you become injured because it is likely that the injury can be treated to get you back to playing. Avoidance of treatment might cause the condition to worsen, and even result in permanent damage.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries
Many sports injuries, particularly soft tissue injuries, can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. Joint manipulation, therapeutic massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy are just a few of the extremely beneficial chiropractic techniques for treating sports injuries.
No matter what type of sport you play, you should be careful to avoid injuries. Always remain cautious, wear protective gear, and visit your West Palm Beach chiropractor regularly to be sure your body is in proper shape.