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Summer Olympic Special

Feet on starting block ready for a spring start. Focus on leg of a athlete about to start a race in stadium with sun flare.

Olympics Special Edition on Injury Prevention

 

 Wow, what an amazing Olympics Games it has been so far, with so many fantastic performances by our British athletes. Personally, I have been inspired by each and everyone’s great performances and the story behind each athlete’s success. With more success and medal winning, comes greater exposure and funding. As a result, there will most likely be a huge increase in people taking to the streets, running, pounding the pavements, or cycling, joining sports clubs, or going to the gym or the local swimming pool.

 

This month I would like to share some helpful tips, when starting sport or perhaps increasing your activity level, so that you can avoid getting injured this summer.

 

  1. Consult a doctor or specialist. If you are new to sport, it is a good idea before entering your first 10K road race, or half marathon, that you have a general health MOT.

 

  1. Seek professional advice regarding footwear or clothing. When taking up sport, it is best to get proper advice on which footwear is best for you, which clothing is most suitable and if buying a bike, which frame correctly suits your body, which saddle is most comfortable etc. Although the internet is a great place to find the latest deals, don’t get tempted to try and save a few pounds on equipment, without seeking advice and trying it out first. This will save you time, money and frustration if you are unfortunate enough to pick up an injury.

 

  1. When taking part in an activity, make sure you warm up and stretch properly, so you can reduce your risk of muscle strains. It is important to allow time to warm up, stretch and cool down.

 

  1. Drink plenty of fluid, including water. It is very important to stay hydrated, especially with the amount of humid weather we have been experiencing recently. Maintaining a good level of hydration will mean that you won’t fatigue as quickly and you will again reduce your risk of injury.

 

  1. Invest in sports massage. Sports massage is fantastic for assisting muscle recovery after sports, helping muscles perform better when you exercise, by improving bloody flow and function, and reducing your risk of injury, by eliminating scar tissue and muscle adhesions through heavy stresses and strains.

 

  1. Take up Yoga or Pilates. Both forms of exercise teach important concepts about strength and balance, and focus on improving your core muscle strength and flexibility. Doing this form of exercise will improve your posture, technique and performance and greatly reduce your risk of injury.

 

Remember to be sensible and plan properly when taking part in sports, so you can enjoy it to the max. If there are any queries raised from this article, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01273 467614 or email me at info@louisjonesphysio.co.uk.