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Fall Sports Injury Prevention 101

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Whether your son or daughter is starting up two-a-days at football practice, soccer practice, or you are in the middle of training for your first ‘Couch to 5K’ race staying injury free can make the difference between an average season and an impeccable one. Progress and growth take time, be patient while building up endurance in workouts. Focus on these key fundamental areas during training to track progress and prevent injury this fall sports season.

  • Flexibility –Improved flexibility enhances performance in aerobic training and muscular condition as well as in any sport. Dynamic stretching is recommended 4-7 days a week.
  • Strength – Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass. Bonus: Building strength also boosts energy levels and improves your mood.
  • Balance – Balance exercises can prevent injuries through core strength. Strong hips, ankles and glute muscles are also critical to good balance. Individuals with weak core muscles are more prone to falls, decreased mobility in the spine and lower back injuries.

These tips will reduce stress and tension that may occur in muscles during your workouts, assist with proper poster and improve overall performance in your sport of choice. Don’t overdo it. Training should be challenging but not painful. If you find yourself experiencing a lot of pain, contact your local physical therapist for a free injury screen to identify where the pain is coming from and learn techniques for optimal, performance training.

EXPERT:
Dustin Blevins