Form & Function: Tips to Prevent Sports Injuries

It can be easy for us to get caught up in the fun and competition of our favourite sports and forget to protect our bodies from potential harm. Today, we explore some tips to help you prevent sports injuries.

What are Common Sports Injuries?

Sports vary in everything from physicality, to team involvement, to risk of injuries. With that being said, there are a range of common sports injuries that spring up across codes, courts and playing fields. These include:

  • Knee-joint related issues, such as pain, swelling and stiffness with your ligaments or tendons
  • Ankle sprains, strains and fractures
  • Groin pull/strain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Stress fractures (i.e. repetitive running or jumping causes bones to break on hard surfaces)

General bruising and abrasions will also occur, but can range in severity. It’s important that these risks aren’t simply taken as a given, which is why we have compiled some form and function suggestions to help prevent or mitigate them.

What is the Importance of Technique?

Athletes will undergo rigorous training sessions to perfect various techniques that promote peak performance. What they don’t necessarily focus on is how the proper technique actually protects the body from injury. This is especially evident in training, when people will push themselves to their limits, sacrificing form and result in injuring themselves. By respecting good technique, not only will you train your body to naturally perform at its best, but protect it from error-induced harm.

Is it Important to Warm Up & Cool Down?

Diving straight into strenuous activity is never advisable. You need to warm-up to flex your muscles, get oxygenated blood pumping, and loosen up your joints so there isn’t so much of a shock to the system when activity begins. This can simply be a jog, riding an exercise bike; essentially anything that gets your heart pumping without tiring yourself out.

Cool downs are equally as important. You need to flush out all of the stress and lactic acid that has developed in your muscle and reduce the amount of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness you may experience.

Why Do I Need Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, including preventative sports related assessment and treatment is a necessity with any schedule of strenuous activity to prevent injury. It involves the regular examination and assessment of muscles, gauging someone’s range of motion, strength, coordination and stabilisation. From there, risk assessments will take place, signalling danger areas and outlining procedures to minimise injuries or time away from the game.

Enjoy your sport…..Enjoy life!

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