Sports injury training is a program designed to help athletes prevent injuries while they are playing their sport. Our sports medicine doctors are dedicated to helping you reduce your risk of experiencing some of the most common sports-related injuries we see in our practice. We encourage you to follow these guidelines in order to keep yourself injury-free.
Start Training Slowly
Sudden changes in training duration and intensity can increase the risk of sports injuries. We encourage athletes to start training slowly by conditioning before the official sports season begins. Conditioning is a warm-up period that can warm up an athlete’s body and prepare them for sporting events in the future. If athletes are pushed into rigorous training and sports after a period of inactivity, they may quickly injure themselves with sprains, strains, or other soft-tissue injuries.
The importance of a nutritious, well-balanced diet should not be overlooked by athletes. We educate athletes on what types of foods they should eat, how they can control their portion sizes, and what foods they should avoid. With our nutritional guidance, athletes can strengthen their bodies and reduce their risk of injury as a result.
Hydration is just as vital as eating healthy. Athletes should get into the habit of keeping a water bottle by their side at all times and drinking from it often. Hydration can help them avoid fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Wear Protective Equipment
Hence its name, protective equipment is designed to protect athletes. Athletes should refrain from playing without wearing properly fitted gear as well as equipment such as helmets, mouth guards, pads, and eye protectors.
Know When to Stop
Oftentimes, injuries arise because athletes don’t listen to their bodies. The providers at South Shore Orthopedics stress the importance of athletes listening to their bodies. While it’s important for them to maximize their athletic performance, overdoing it can lead to serious injuries and keep them out of the game. Many athletes want to keep training and pushing even if they’re tired or sore. But your body gives you signs of when it’s time to rest.
Plan a Day for Rest and Recovery
Athletes should dedicate at least one day each week for rest and recovery. This way, their muscles can relax and they can give their muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue some time to rebuild. While it can be tempting to practice or play every day, your body needs that time to reset and heal. Taking a break can help you avoid injury.
Contact South Shore Orthopedics
It is important to understand that even if you adhere to these guidelines, injuries may still arise. In the event you do experience a sports injury, you can count on the providers at South Shore Orthopedics to treat you.
We have a team of expert physicians who specialize in a wide range of orthopedic surgical specialties. All of our providers and staff members are committed to helping our patients live their most active lives. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (781) 337-5555 or complete this appointment request form.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SSO’s priority is keeping our patients and staff healthy and safe. Our office continues to operate on a daily basis Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm and we have implemented CDC recommended procedures regarding temperature checks, social distancing, and face coverings.