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Preventing Sports Injuries

April 12, 2018

We all know how important it is to stay active, yet a large percentage of Americans don’t get enough exercise. In addition to lack of exercise, it can be extra frustrating when strains and sprains start popping up and prevent one from keeping fit.

According to the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, it’s important to remember the following things when it comes to exercise:

  • Accept your body’s limits. While you may not be as resilient and agile as you once were, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stop doing what you love. Talk to your doctor or a trainer about possible modifications to your routine that can help keep you safe so you can enjoy your favorite activities.
  • Don’t be a “weekend warrior.” Before signing up for that 10K, make sure that you are doing the necessary training. It’s important to maintain a moderate level of activity leading up to intense activities because the chance of injuries can greatly increase when transitioning from an inactive lifestyle to an active lifestyle.
  • Use proper form for your sport. If you’re looking to take up a new activity, such as yoga or weight lifting, it is very important to have proper instruction to avoid injuries. Even for sports and activities that you’ve been doing for years, it is important to ensure that your form is correct to avoid any injuries that come from overuse.
  • Wear safety gear. Whether it be your head, shins, or knees, be sure to invest in the proper gear for whatever activities you enjoy.
  • Give your body time to adapt. Be sure to give yourself an opportunity to gradually increase your exercise level. Not only will it help prevent injuries, but you’ll be more likely to stick with your routine.
  • Mix it up. While you may be partial to a certain sport or activity, you’ll get the best fitness benefits and avoid an injury by a change to your routine. It’s important to have a combination of cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength training.

Thomas Dillion, PT, DPT, Clinical Instructor at the Midwestern University Physical Therapy Institute adds that “being vigilant in an exercise routine can prevent many injuries from occurring. Working with Physical Therapists, on even small injuries, can be beneficial and prevent them from becoming larger by identifying underlying mechanics or deficits that can be conservatively addressed.”

The Physical Therapy Institute at Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic is an outpatient center run by Physical Therapy faculty. Their goal is to return patients to the highest level of function and wellness possible while utilizing evidenced-based practice, compassion, and outstanding service. For more information, please contact the Physical Therapy Institutein Illinois at 630.743.4500 or in Glendale Arizona at 623.537.6000.

The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.

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