DID YOU KNOW?
The Center for Disease Control reports that over 10,000 people per day visit ERs for sports and exercise related injuries.
Weekend Warrior injuries are on the rise
Here are a few tips on how NOT to be one of them.
Boring, we know. But this essential step helps elevate your heart rate gradually and warms the muscles. Result: you're less likely to strain and injure yourself.
Don't jump on your bike or board for the joy of the ride and forget your helmet. If your sport incorporates protective gear, wear it. And be aware of the good high-tech advances in gear (including specialized footwear) designed for your sport.
With exercise equipment, your gait when running, or your stance at the net, it's important to be aware of and practice the best possible techniques. Good technique not only makes you better at what you do, it keeps you safe.
Listen to your body: do not push through a sharp pain.
We're often taught to keep going past the pain. While you can push yourself when you're tired and feel good later at the effort, never push through a sharp pain. Don't turn a slight injury into a chronic injury that needs to be treated for months by your team at Peak Form!
Cool down and stretch
This is the step that frequently gets skipped: don't skip it. A good 10-minute cool down brings your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure back to normal. Then stretch the main muscle groups for flexibility. Result: less post-exercise soreness and a better chance of avoiding injury in the future.
Talk to a Peak Form PT therapist about exercises specific to your sport and your stage in life. Get strong in the right places before you put yourself out there.
And if you do end up pushing yourself too hard, give us a call. We get it â€” we've been there! â€” and we can help.
Make an appointment today!
Call us at 303.402.9283 (Boulder) or 303.665.9005 (Brighton).