Regardless of the type of sport or activity, summer is an active season and people have more energy to burn. The days are longer and the temptation to push harder is also stronger.
From leisure activities to professional sports, it’s important to maintain a good level of fitness for optimal health. It’s also fun to turn your favourite outdoor sport into exercise.
Equally important however, is keeping your body strong and avoiding those nasty strains and sprains. Whether you’re hitting the field, rink, course or court, here are 5 tips on how to prevent a sports related injury:
1) Start slow: There’s a first time for everyone. If you’re taking on something new, it is vital that you set realistic goals. If you want to start running, map out shorter routes and build from there. Don’t run a marathon on your first go.
2) Warm up and cool down: Your body is like a machine so make sure the equipment is working and don’t force it.
3) Wear protective gear: Longevity is the name of the game. Helmet, mouth guard, proper fitting shoes, wrist, elbow and kneepads. Know them well.
4) Stay hydrated: Avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration by pre-hydrating two hours prior to practice.
5) Eat a balanced diet: Fuel up and choose healthy foods that are good for the athletic bones. Foods rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamin D for example will go a long way. Variety is also the spice of life.
Most of all? Have fun out there! If you can be mindful of these tips you should be able to enjoy the play – no matter how serious the game!