Getting Ready for Spring/Summer Sports?
Here are some tips to help keep you from getting injured.
- Don’t exercise too hard too soon. We all have a lot of enthusiasm initially when we start an exercise program, but your body needs to get used to the new activity you are asking it to do. Slow and gradual increase in activity works best.
- Make sure you warm up before any activity. This increases oxygen to your muscles and lets them know that you are going to ask them to work. It also gives you time to focus on what your body is telling you. Does it hurt anywhere? Do you feel strain or tightness anywhere? These are signals that you may need to change the intensity or the actual activity that you were going to do.
- Understand your sport and how to do it properly. Get training in it if you have to.
- Dress properly for your sport. Wear safety equipment if your sport calls for it. Wear appropriate foot gear that fit your feet. Layering clothing is a good idea, so you can peel the layers off as you get hot.
- Take some rest days for your body to recover.
- Use cross training activities to use different muscle groups and not the same ones. This gives you a total body work out and helps to maintain muscle balance.
- If you do get injured, listen to your body and stop. Seek the help of a physician if you have any questions or concerns.
Vicki Curley RN, BSN
MSU Sports Medicine