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Beyond Stretching: How Can You Prevent Sports Injuries?

Everyone knows that it is important to stretch to make sure that your body is fully prepared for a workout or a game.

When you stretch, you are giving your body all the right signals to make sure you will be flexible, stable, and ready to do what you need to do.

No Downers Grove athlete needs to be told to stretch … but there are other things you can do.

In an ideal world, no one would need sports physical therapy in Downers Grove. And while sports injuries are always going to be a part of the game, there are ways that you can make sure you reduce the likelihood of injury as much as possible.

What can you do to reduce the likelihood of sports injuries other than stretch?

Sports Physical Therapy Tips

1) Be Aware Of Your Body There are two different kinds of major sports injuries: Trauma injuries and overuse injuries. In the long run, overuse injuries make up a huge proportion of the injuries that lead to sports physical therapy in Downers Grove.

While some of these injuries can creep up on you over time, you need to be tuned in to the warnings your body gives you. Make sure that you are practicing proper form and that you are not playing beyond exhaustion.

2) Get Appropriate Rest Athletes are at an advantage compared to the average person because exercise is positively correlated with getting better sleep. Your body will fall asleep and stay asleep more easily if you exercise regularly.

What happens when you can’t sleep? If at all possible, you shouldn’t play. Lack of sleep leads to a number of physiological changes that make it much more likely that you will be injured.

To name just a few, lack of sleep leads to reduced flexibility, interferes with blood pressure, and makes you more susceptible to poor judgment when making the high speed decisions that you need to make during a game.

3) Don’t Overtrain While it’s great to have an intense workout schedule, you should vary it and make sure you have a total body training regimen. Also be attentive to your balance: If you find that your movements are not fluid and flexible, you might need to work on your core to cut injury rates.

Want other tips on preventing injury?

Maybe you’re interested in sports physical therapy in Downers Grove?

Call Core 1 Inc to get advice from the top trainers, coaches, and sports medicine pros.

To Getting You “Healed” Quickly and Safely

Jim and The CORE1 Crew

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