Whether you’re an athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries can often occur. This means you’re out of action playing your favourite sports as recovery can take days, weeks or even months, setting your sports goals back.
Although non-professional sports enthusiasts are more prone to injury than professional athletes, injury can still happen – even when protective sports equipment such as helmets, mouth shields and padding are used.
Causes of sports injuries
Sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and muscle injuries can be caused by wearing inappropriate sports gear or lack of protection. But injuries can also be caused by poor health, using the wrong techniques, lack of training or not warming up and cooling down before and after exercise.
How to prevent sports injuries
There are many ways in which you can prevent sports injuries from occurring:
- As mentioned earlier, the weekend warrior has a much higher rate of sports injury. Many injuries can be prevented by training specifically for the sport you’re playing and to follow a set program of exercises set by a professional sports coach of sports doctor.
- Understanding your own fitness levels properly will help to prevent sports injuries. Visiting a sports physician can give you an analysis of how you should train based on your own fitness levels. They also provide you with the correct training program and identify any weaknesses you can work on.
- Wear protective sports equipment – gloves, mouth shields, shin pads and helmets can potentially save you serious harm.
- Follow the sport rules – especially important in contact sports. Rules are there to keep you and your opponent safe and healthy.
- Warm-up – warm muscles equal fewer injuries. Different sports, however, require different warm-up techniques.
- Cool down – this should be twice as long as your warm-up routine.
- Rest – often, athletes believe the more they train the better they will be, but this is wrong. Rest is an important part of training as it prevents fatigue, injuries and poor judgement.
- Don’t train in pain – pain provides warning signs that there’s a problem. Learn to listen to your body.
- Exercise every other day and alternate different muscle groups.
- Drink plenty of water – it’s an obvious one but plenty of athletes don’t keep hydrated enough which can lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
- If you sustain an injury, visiting a sports physician or clinic will provide speedier recovery as they can provide rehabilitation for specific injuries.
Sports medicine to prevent sports injuries
Ensuring correct training regimes and measuring fitness levels are a good start if you are serious about sport. Even weekend warriors looking to compete and train harder are advised to engage in fitness testing to understand the level of activity they are capable of without injuring themselves.
At the Rogers Regenerative Medical Group, they are the leader in sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, fitness testing and sports-related injuries.
Their goal is to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary sports medical care and injury prevention strategies. With expert physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sports psychologists, surgeons, and scientists, they can provide the highest level of care for sports enthusiasts and athletes.