Playing sports regularly is a great way to stay fit and healthy while having fun. Whether competitive or recreational, sports offer an ideal way to exercise, socialise, and maintain optimal physical and mental health.
However, there are risks associated with exercise, and sports are no exception. When we participate in physical activity, there’s a high chance we might sustain injuries.
In this blog, we’ll look at some tips to help minimise the risk of sports-related injuries.
Consult your doctor for athletic screening
If you have a history of muscle or joint injuries, it’s advisable to consult your doctor for a physical screening before you resume playing sports. The check-up will determine how likely you are to get injured again. Moreover, your doctor may also recommend you some corrective exercises to minimise the risks.
Use protective equipment where possible
Many sports require protective equipment. If you think you’re daring enough to play sports without wearing any protective gear, you couldn’t be more wrong. Anyone can get injured, so you shouldn’t take unnecessary risks and put your body in danger.
Stay hydrated and eat healthily
If you’re a professional sportsperson, you must take care of your nutrition and hydration needs. Good nutrition ensures your body gets all the nutrients you need in your daily diet. For example, an adequate calcium, protein, and vitamin D intake ensures that your muscles and bones are strong enough to endure more. This helps minimise the risk of injuries in your muscles and bones.
Always perform warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after playing
Warm-up exercises ensure your muscles are ready for physical activity. They also raise your body’s temperature, ensuring more oxygen is available for the muscles. This allows the muscles to expand and contract more easily, helping your body perform strenuous tasks.
Cool-down exercises after physical activity help lower your heart rate steadily. If your heart rate drops immediately after an exercise, you may feel dizzy and/or faint. This can increase your chances of getting injured. Make sure you practice cool-down exercises to prevent this outcome.
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