Everyone likes to think that they’re invincible—or at least able to play sports and perform the activities they like without worrying. However, knowing the limitations of your body is the key to maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. Pushing your body past its limits can have negative repercussions, including severe orthopedic injuries; read on to learn more about why it’s so important to listen when your body tells you to take it easy.
- Pushing your body past its limits can first and foremost result in injury. If you are tired or sick, playing sports or even exercising can be a bad idea. Fatigue and sickness can lessen your reaction time and result in sprained joints or broken bones. Additionally, if you have previously suffered an injury, you should talk to your orthopedic physician before returning to sports or exercise in order to avoid aggravating your condition.
- Even if you don’t appear to be suffering today, there are long-term effects to overexertion that may gradually manifest. Repetitive stress injuries build up over time, causing problems that require physical therapy or even surgery to correct. Taking care of your body today is the best way to ensure that it will be healthy tomorrow so you can keep playing the sports you enjoy.
- How do you avoid injuring yourself today and in the future? Listen to your body. If something hurts, stop what you’re doing. Make sure your goals are tailored to your lifestyle and your body. Trying to push through a half marathon after weeks without practice, for example, may give you a sense of accomplishment but can seriously harm your body. Stretch before and after exercise, and take breaks for rest and water. If you have injured yourself, be sure to follow the advice of your orthopedic physician and finish your treatment plan, even after you’re feeling better.
The orthopedic physicians of TOCA offer quality care in sports medicine and physical therapy to Arizona residents. We specialize in getting you back into the game as quickly and safely as possible. Visit us on the web today or call us at (602) 639-4027 to find out more.