Tips to Prevent Common Summer Sports Injuries
Remember to warm-up when it warms up. A bit of planning and a few stretches could save you a world of pain
The moment the sun comes out, you come out of hibernation. The footy’s finished, the cricketers have ironed their whites, and life feels better once more. It’s time to dust off your thongs.
All sorts of activities will tempt you. Maybe your friend with a boat takes you knee-boarding for the first time, and you spend the entire weekend being hurled around a lake at high speed. Perhaps someone challenges you to run a half-marathon in a couple of months’ time and you start your training. Or you go on a holiday and get so caught up with the facilities on offer that you forget your body isn’t used to that kind of exercise.
Whatever it is, be careful. In one movement you can ruin your plans, your holiday, or even your summer.
Sports injuries occur during sports or exercise and are commonly caused by overuse, direct impact or extreme application of force. The cause of sports injuries extends from contact during games to overloading in training.
Regardless of their cause, sports injuries can affect sporting participation in terms of training and playing, as well as discomfort outside of sport through impact on daily life.
Some of the common sports injuries we see at our Reservoir & Melbourne CBD clinics are heel pain, swimming injuries, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow and pulled hamstrings.
At Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic, each year we notice the number of injuries increasing as the summer gets underway. Our advice is to think before you exercise. Don’t overdo it.
Ease yourself into something new, rather than throwing everything you’ve got into it. Take the time to learn the proper technique of whatever you’re doing, so you don’t put unnecessary stresses on your body. Because a bit of planning and a few stretches could literally save you a whole world of pain.
If your exuberance gets the better of you and you need help, give Northern Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic a call. Our experienced Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists & Podiatrists will give you a full assessment to work out the root cause of the problem, and then we’ll work with you to fix it. We’ll also suggest exercises that could help you avoid the same thing happening again.