Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries
By Donna Stark
Being active with sports is good for both your body and mind. It's the perfect way to burn calories, lower your blood pressure, and release stress all while having fun with your teammates. But as good as it is for your body, it can also be equally as damaging. Sports require you to twist, jump, run, and kick in every direction imaginable, which means your body is in a constant state of risk for injury. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize that risk and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic would like to help! Take a look at their favorite suggestions.
Strength and Fitness
Preparing your body is one of the best ways to reduce injuries and maximize your potential, so before your sports season begins, you may want to consider working on your overall strength and fitness. Doing so will give you more control, balance, speed, and endurance. You will play better, but not only that, your body will recover faster too. By increasing your strength and improving your fitness level, you can relieve some of the excess stress your muscles and tendons would otherwise be exposed to.
Proper Form and Technique
Nearly every sport requires proper form or technique, but unfortunately, many players don't pay enough attention to it and that puts them at an increased risk for injury. By focusing on moving your body in the correct way for the sport you play, you will be able to maximize your efforts and improve your athletic performance. Does your form need some work? Seek help from a coach or trainer!
Routine Chiropractic Care
Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help ensure your body is working at peak efficiency, which will have a major impact on your overall well-being during the season. The adjustments they provide will place your joints in proper alignment, ease muscle tension and strain, improve mobility, and enhance balance and coordination. You really couldn't prepare your body any better, but that's not all chiropractic care offers. If, and that's a big if, you do get hurt, chiropractic care can help get you back in the game sooner than you think because it speeds up the healing and recovery process. On top of that, it encourages the body to heal itself naturally so you won't have to worry about taking any prescription medications.
Staying Active With Sports
It's good to get outside and partake in a little friendly competition ... just be sure to follow the suggestions above and see your local chiropractors regularly so you can stay in the game and get off of the bench!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.