An injury can put a halt to even the most stunning of athletic careers, and there are many types of injuries that can afflict athletes playing almost any sport. Therefore, it is important to practice preventative measures and consult a sports medicine specialist to ensure that your body is in the best physical condition before important competitions. Here are some ways in which you can stay healthy through every athletic performance you take part in:
- Work with a trainer: Having the guidance and support of a specialized trainer will allow you to form the best posture and technique for optimum performance and minimized risk of injury. Your trainer will also help you warm up and cool down your muscles every time you hit the field so that sudden, painful strain does not occur to the soft tissues.
- Stay healthy: Physical training is only part of the preparations you should make when getting ready for a competition. Hydration, healthy diet, and plenty of sleep are all necessary components of a good training routine and will help you stay on top of your game when you are most active. Be sure to get enough water prior to, during, and after you perform so that your body is not under extra stress from dehydration.
- Know your body: When you play any type of sport regularly, you will become familiar with the unique challenges it poses to your body. Know where you are weak and do what you can to strengthen these areas during training without overstressing yourself. If you do not feel ready and well on the day of a competition, you should consider whether it is worth the risk to play.
For more information on avoiding injury as an athlete, call The Orthopedic Clinic Association at (602) 639-4027 to consult a sports medicine expert in the field of orthopedics. TOCA is the official orthopedic care provider for the Phoenix Suns, ASU sports teams, and the Phoenix Mercury.