Winter Sports and Injuries
Winter is upon us! At least in most states snow is beginning to fall and that means people are going to be heading to the slopes and skating rinks. These winter activities have different movements that we are not used to performing during the rest of the year. They can take a toll on the musculoskeletal system if you are unprepared. More than 440,000 people had to go for treatment at the doctor’s office, hospital, or emergency room in 2010 due to participation in winter sports. Here are some tips to think about before starting.
Just like with any other sport be sure you are warmed up properly before you start. Proper warm up means taking the time to do a general dynamic warm up. Focus on warming up the muscles you will be using during the activity you will be performing. Warm up enough to raise your body temperature and get the blood flowing to the muscle groups you will be using. Do not perform static stretches with long holds at this time.
Stop when you first begin to feel tired:
Take breaks in activity when needed. Most injuries happen at the end of the day when your body is fatigued. Pushing yourself when you’re tired may lead to injury that prevents further activity during the rest of the season. Save something for next time.
Food and water:
Be sure you are eating well, and you are continually hydrating. The more work you are doing the more water your body will need. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Proper nutrition is vital to help keep your body strong and ready to take on the activities at hand.
Stretch after activity:
Be sure you do a proper static stretch when you finish your activity. This will help lengthen muscles, and may keep them from becoming tight and in a weakened state.
Chiropractic care has been proven to play a role in injury prevention, as well as helping the body recover after an injury. Chiropractic care can help your musculoskeletal system be stronger and more flexible.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.