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Tips To Prevent Sport Injuries

You may be familiar with the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With that wisdom in mind, here are some preventive measures favored by sports medicine experts at Johns Hopkins University and the New England Baptist Hospital.

Plan and prepare. Before starting an exercise routine, get your doctor’s approval. Next, especially if you’re trying something new, learn the proper techniques for your sport or activity. Working with a personal trainer or signing up for a class is often a fun way to learn a new sport.

Set realistic goals and take your time. It’s important that your exercise goals be realistic and achievable. Set an obtainable goal and gradually work to achieve it, giving your body time to adjust to added stresses on bones, joints, and muscles.

Warm up and cool down. Take the time for both of these, as research shows that a heated muscle is less likely to be strained. Warm up with some light walking or jogging before you exercise and then again afterward to allow your muscles to cool slowly.

Stay hydrated! Keeping hydrated is a great way to keep your muscles working efficiently. If you’re dehydrated, you’re more likely to have cramps or pull a muscle.

Listen to your body. Adjust your program if your body shows signs of stress. While mild and short-lived muscle aches are usually not too bad, joint pain is a clear sign of your body telling you that you need to cut back.

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