Playing any sport comes with risks, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take precautions. Here are a few ways that you can prevent a sports injury.
Stretching and Cooldown – It is essential to warm up and stretch before any physical activity to prepare your muscles for movement. You should also do a cool down exercise and stretch after playing a sport to return your body to resting mode safely.
Rest Days – Overuse injuries can crop up when you don’t take time to rest your body. Be sure to take a day off of training at least once a week to prevent overuse injuries.
Flexibility Exercises – Maintaining proper flexibility is vital for any sport to prevent injury. Careful stretching before and after training can help with this. It can also help to do yoga a few times per week.
Proper Form – Always use proper techniques when exercising to ensure that your body is moving in a way that is natural for it. Weight lifters often use a mirror to make sure their body is positioned correctly while lifting. Athletes should also be able to rely on a coach to critique their form.
Safety – Wear proper safety gear and appropriate clothing when training or playing a sport. You should also do your best to stay hydrated.
Listen to Your Body – If something doesn’t feel right with your body while training, you should stop and find out what is wrong before you continue — ignoring a strange pain or a weird feeling in your body while exercising can result in an injury.
At Woodbridge Radiology, our team can provide diagnostic imaging in New Jersey to diagnose your sports injury. If you need an open MRI, CT Scan, X-Ray, or Ultrasound, call 732-326-1515 or book an appointment with our radiologist online.