As athletes, we are bound to get injured in any sport we play. It’s part of being an athlete. But there are ways to help reduce the risk of injuries, and in this article, I will be sharing what I know when it comes to reducing the risk of injuries. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Take time off
As athletes, we train and workout frequently, and that causes wear and tear on our body, so taking breaks is essential for your body to be well-rested to start training again, which reduces the chances of you getting injured. Remember, even pros have an off-season.
Wear the right gear.
Wearing the right gear when training and in-game can help protect you from injuries and any impact you get when you fall. For example, knee pads in basketball protect your knees from any impact, whether from falling on the court or a person bumping into your legs.
By strengthening your muscles when taking impact, your muscle will be able to withstand the impact and will be protected. Strong and healthy muscles also help a person with balance problems to avoid falls. You can strengthen your muscles by hitting the gym and work out in the weight room. If you don’t have a gym or weight room to go to regularly, you can work with resistance bands or any of the examples below.
- Push-ups, crunches, and squats.
- Climbing stairs
- Hillwalking or hiking.
- Heavy gardening, such as digging and shoveling
How to help reduce the risk of injury is to increase your flexibility and how to do that is by stretching daily. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and as athletes, we need that flexibility to maintain a decent range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you’re ready for activity, your muscles are weak and unable to extend all the way, which increases the risk of injury.
Use the proper technique.
Learning proper techniques like balance can help you land safely when you get hit and help protect yourself and others from falling. Learn proper techniques so you can avoid these types of situations from happening.
Taking breaks keeps you from burning out your energy, so fatigue does not set in. Playing while fatigued and over-worked can lead to an increased risk of injury. If you don’t know what the word fatigue means it is the enduring, subjective sensation of generalized tiredness or exhaustion.
Do not overdo workouts and activities, you know what your body can and can’t handle but just understand if you push yourself too hard, it can result in injury. Also, don’t put your body in a situation where there is a big risk of injury. For example, you go to a park to play basketball and you see a bunch of people that are playing very rough and are just fouling the whole time. You would probably agree that it is not smart to play with them.
Do not play through injuries.
Playing through injuries creates a much higher risk of getting reinjured. make sure you fully recover from your latest injury before playing or working out to reduce the risk of reinjuring yourself. This is crucial if you want to recover as soon as possible.
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