The summer months bring warm weather, which means more outdoor sports, competitions, and fitness activities. While exercise and sports are beneficial to your mind and body, they can also lead to accidental injuries. Without proper training methods, warm-ups, or conditioning, sports-related injuries can become quite common.
The most common sports-related injuries include knee injuries, sprains, swollen muscles, shin splints, or even fractures and dislocations. Although these injuries can be very uncomfortable, they can be easily addressed by a physical therapist. Physical therapists will evaluate the injury and come up with a treatment plan for the affected area.
Not only do physical therapists come up with treatment plans for knee injuries or swollen muscles, but they also help treat concussions. Concussions are another one of the most common sports-related injuries. Physical therapy can help increase your strength and endurance without making the concussion symptoms worse. Therapy can reduce dizziness or balance issues after the injury.
In addition to helping people regain strength and movement, physical therapy also helps with pain management. It can even prevent the injury from reoccurring or from causing life-long damage.
Here are our top five tips to avoid sports-related injuries:
1. Warm up before jumping into an activity. This can be as simple as stretching your muscles or a five-minute jog!
2. Take breaks. Athletes of all ages should rest between physical events. This will give your muscles and joints time to heal and be prepared for the next activity!
3. Drink lots of water. Especially when playing in the heat, make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated so you don’t cause damage to your body.
4. Do not play through pain. If you are experiencing any discomfort, take a break and stretch out your muscles. Playing through pain will often make the injury more agitated.
5. Use proper equipment. If you are playing a physical sport, use the proper equipment such as helmets, pads, and shoes to keep you safe.
If you or someone you know has recently tweaked something while playing a sport, click here to sign up for a free consultation to get possible solutions for your injury from one of our physical therapists and pain specialists so you can back to playing in no time!