Playing our favourite sports can be tons of fun. However, getting hurt definitely is not. Fortunately, the prevention of sports injury is not really that very complicated compared to seeking treatment for actual sports injuries themselves. This is, of course, not to mention, that treatment is actually a lot more expensive than prevention. Nevertheless, if we do get injured performing the sports that we love most, we can always rely on our favourite and most trusted physical therapy clinic to help us manage our sports injuries. I usually have mine from a renowned physio in Werribee area.
Here are 5 ways in which we can prevent injuries from the sports activities that we engage in.
- Learn the rules of your sports by heart.
The best way we can prevent sports injury is by learning and understanding the rules of the game. If at all possible, we have to make sure that we understand the importance of maintaining the correct posture or stance in certain events or even the way we move our limbs. For example, if we engage in competitive swimming, then we must be able to understand how the different swim strokes work so we can avoid any unnecessary injuries to our arm and leg muscles because of overexertion. If we are into football, then we know that it is inevitable to come in full contact with other players.
- Always wear protective gear, whenever necessary.
Some sports will require us to be in the proper gear. For example, when bicycling we need to have the correct cyclist’s helmet and not the kind that we use for motorcycles or even for race cars. I had a friend who once thought of using a motorcycle rider’s half-face helmet when we decided to go on a run. Thankfully, we did not meet any accidents but the weight of the helmet sure had its effects on her performance. The most important thing to remember is to wear gear that is sanctioned or highly recommended by the sport’s professional organization itself. This is particularly true in sports that involve speed such as racing as well as physical contact with other players.
- Don’t ever forget to warm up and cool down before and after any sports activity, respectively.
One of the most common reasons why some people are just more prone to sports injuries is that they tend to underestimate the value of warming up before going right into a game and even cooling down right after. Just like in any exercise, our muscles need to loosen up first, have the time to be properly oxygenated before they are pushed to their limits. We can look at this as priming our body. Don’t make the same mistake as one of my friends did when we played a game of women’s soccer. She came in rather late so she clearly didn’t have the time to stretch her legs. She suffered a severe muscle strain in her legs that left her incapacitated for the following 2 games. Personally, I thought if she had warmed up first, she’d have played with us in those 2 games. The point is to give your muscles a head start if you are going to play.
- Be mindful of others.
While there are sports that you don’t really have to be mindful of others, in most cases, we simply have to. This is not only for their sake but for ours, too. For example, if we’re playing football or soccer, we have to be fully aware of the other players around us, those in front, from the sides, and even from the back. If we get hit, either intentionally or not, then we’d know how to properly protect ourselves especially our most vital organs.
- Rest if you’re already injured.
While I do believe in the popular no-pain-no-gain quip, I certainly wouldn’t advise it if you’re already injured. In such cases, we need to rest and let our bodies heal itself first before we head out into the field again. Most of the time, I find the care provided by physical therapists to be especially helpful in mitigating the effects of sports injuries so I don’t have to worry about making my injuries worse. The important thing to remember is to listen to what our body is telling us.
There are other ways in which we can avoid or prevent sports injuries. Unfortunately, an accident is still an accident. We can only prepare for it by limiting the impact of sports injuries in our own physiologic integrity.