Daily Archives

One Article

Posted by Tom on

Sports and Exercise Safety -Prevention and Preparation To Stay Healthy

Sports and Exercise Safety -Prevention and Preparation To Stay Healthy

Injuries incurred during sports or exercise are quite common. While a small portion of injuries are truly serious, the majority are mainly annoying and frustrating. Don’t make the mistake that many make, which is to ignore the risks of injury you take upon yourself when exercising or participating in a sport. The specific steps you’d take to stay as safe as possible will differ from one sport or exercise to the next. But there are two main areas of concern here. First of all, we have to consider what can be done prior to starting the exercise or sport. The other aspect to look at is what you can do while actually playing or working out to stay safe and healthy. This article will address some of the more common concerns with sports and exercise safety.

One of the best ways to avoid any kind of sports or exercise injury is to simply ensure that your body is ready for the activity in question. Warming up is something everyone should do, no matter how old you are or how strong, fast or fit. Even high performing, professional athletes need to warm up. Before you start doing anything too strenuous, it’s important that your muscles are first prepared by getting the blood pumping their way. Stretching is another practice that should never be overlooked. If you are a child and wants to practice gymnastics using for example the junior kip bar, its crucial that a warm up is needed.  A muscle injury is something that can happen to anyone, which is why stretching should be done before any strenuous activity.

If you’re involved in sports, you’ve surely experienced the struggle of starting a new season after not having played for a while. It’s hard to start off the season in top condition, so you then have to focus on improving your state. So what we always recommend, as do others, is to maintain a basic fitness level during the off season. It’s normal to have a higher level of conditioning while you’re playing your sport, but if you can at least stay in decent shape throughout the year, you’ll get off to a better start. No one can force you to do this, but if you try it you’ll find that it can be very beneficial. Injuries early in the season are fairly common, but if you start off in good shape, this probably won’t happen to you.

There are support devices that some athletes wear for their knees or ankles and you may be wondering if these are helpful. You can’t know why someone uses a support like this unless you ask them. In case you think one of these will help you, it’s important to keep something in mind. What you have to watch out for is the feeling that you’re invulnerable because of this item. You may feel safer and more supported, which you will be to some extent. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can suddenly do whatever you want or defy all sensible precautions. If you don’t use common sense, you can still get injured, no matter what kind of support you have.

In order to prevent dehydration, you must be wary of what your body tells you and follow through with fitting procedure. One important point to remember is that if you are experiencing thirst; you are most likely somewhat dehydrated. Drink non-sugared fluids, water is best, at regular intervals when you are exercising or practicing your sport. One sign of being overheated is the start of a headache or light headedness.