How to Safely Get Back in the Game
By Donna Stark
Are you imagining how amazing it would feel if you could get back into the game and enjoy the competition without worrying about future injuries? It's hard to come off the bench and rejoin the team after being hurt, but it's something you have to do, isn't it? And that's because you know you won't get very far in life by sitting still. Fortunately, you don't have to take this gigantic step on your own. Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are right here, ready to help and cheer you on! Take a look at their favorite tips below that can help reduce the risk of further injuries.
Protect Your Feet
Before you step back onto the field, court, or track, make sure you are wearing the right shoes. Spikes, ankle support, and tread depth can certainly make a difference in your overall performance, but more important than that, they will also make a difference in your safety! After you have selected the appropriate shoes, it's also a good idea to make sure they fit properly, so ask a professional for help if needed.
Don't Skip Warm-Ups
Many sports injuries are caused when players jump straight into the action without stretching and warming up their muscles first. Start with some easy movements, such as walking, light jogging, or lunges and squats. Then, after your muscles are awake and ready to go, give them a good stretch. This is one of the best ways to keep future injuries and damage at bay.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your muscles need water to function properly so make sure you are drinking water throughout the day and are packing a little extra during your practices and games, especially if it is hot outside. In addition to reducing the risk of injury, staying hydrated also helps to increase your energy and endurance.
Take it Slow
If you have spent a lot of time sitting on the couch during your healing and recovery process, you may want to enter the game with smaller steps than usual. Don't rush back to the same level you were at before you got hurt. Take your time with this journey and only increase your intensity and performance when your body says it is ready to do so.
Getting Back in the Game
Your team is counting on you to come back better than ever, which means you can't afford to get hurt again. So, follow the simple tips above, make sure you are listening to your body, and if you feel any form of discomfort, head on in to The Joint Chiropractic!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Plantation, Fla.