We usually assume that most sports injuries only happen to serious athletes and old men who overdo it in a fit of enthusiasm. The truth is that even your regular fitness routine can result in sports injuries. Your routine jog puts a lot of pressure on your joints and spine, and lifting weights can result in muscle tears, pinched nerves, and back injuries. For this reason, it is very important that you use proper form in your exercise routine and learn to listen to your body.
It important that you give your body sufficient recovery time. Long periods of high-intensity exercise will quickly produce injury. Be sure to give your body a day or two of rest every week. Take the time to find the most effective training methods. More time spent in the gym isn’t necessarily the key to achieving your goal, especially if it results in injuries.
Adjust for impact
Look for low-impact exercises that you can do to protect your knees, ankles, back, and neck. Runners especially need to be mindful about wearing proper shoes and varying their training routine. Include water workouts for a great cardiovascular workout that is extra gentle on the joints. There are four main reasons why you begin to feel pain during your exercise routine.
Focus on gentle stretches
Consider adding a yoga routine to your workouts. Gentle stretching and strength work using your own body weight are great ways to avoid injury. Yoga has also been used to help treat sports injuries by promoting healthy blood flow, flexibility and strengthening minor muscle groups that are often overlooked.
See a doctor
One often overlooked element in preventing and treating sports injuries is the alignment of the spine. Poor posture throws your neck, back, hips, knees, and even ankles out of alignment. When all of the moving parts don’t fit together well, an injury becomes almost inevitable. Many athletes and serious sports enthusiasts see a chiropractor on a regular basis to have their spine manually adjusted to avoid injury.
Most chiropractors also offer services designed to help treat and alleviate pain by restoring of improving joint function. These services are often used in the treatment of neck and back injuries, helping you to restore the full range of motion in key areas.
But most importantly, never push through the pain. If you begin to feel pain in your exercise routine, stop what you’re doing and re-evaluate. Don’t be ashamed to seek medical attention and talk to a chiropractor about what they can do for you.