Engagement in sports generally contributes to good health and an overall sense of well-being.
But when an injury occurs, however, fun is commonly replaced by pain and physical limitations – prompting athletes to seek relief at Mandarino Chiropractic.
As experts in providing preventative-injury strategies, sports injury-related chiropractic treatments and physical therapies, Mandarino Chiropractic supports the view of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) that “in many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Proper conditioning and warm-up and cool-down procedures, as well as appropriate safety equipment, can substantially reduce injuries.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also underscores the importance of preventative measures, saying “Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning or insufficient warm-up and stretching.”
Before heading off to run, play golf or compete in your next game of basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis, or other sport, Mandarino Chiropractic suggests you consider the following advice from NIH for preventing injury:
- Avoid bending knees past 90 degrees when doing half knee bends.
- Avoid twisting knees by keeping feet as flat as possible during stretches.
- When jumping, land with your knees bent.
- Do warm-up exercises not just before vigorous activities like running, but also before less vigorous ones such as golf.
- Don’t overdo.
- Do warm-up stretches before activity. Stretch the Achilles tendon, hamstring, and quadriceps areas and hold the positions. Don’t bounce.
- Cool down following vigorous sports. For example, after a race, walk or walk/jog for 5 minutes so your pulse comes down gradually.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that provide shock absorption and stability.
- Use the softest exercise surface available, and avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. Run on flat surfaces. Running uphill may increase the stress on the Achilles tendon and the leg itself.