Now that the warm weather that summer brings is on its way, many of us can’t wait to get outside to do the outdoor sports and activities we all know and love. From golf to jogging, there is an activity for all interests.
Unfortunately, for many of us, this increased activity can also lead to an increased risk of common sports injuries. As a place that provides physio on the go and sport injury physiotherapy in Vancouver, we’ve rounded up our best tips to help you prevent some common summer sport injuries so you can enjoy this summer to the fullest.
Tendonitis and Stress Fractures
Make sure you pace yourself and don’t leave all your exercise for the weekend. Chronic overuse sport injuries arise from exerting too much effort too quickly. Gradually increase your activity level over time by aiming to try a new sport and activity for 30 minutes a day, for example. Warm ups are very important to minimizing the risk of any sport injury — don’t skip your warm ups!
When the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed, it can result in heel pain. Activities such as long-distance running or dancing can lead to this painful condition. Before partaking in activities that put a lot of pressure on your feet, spend a few minutes stretching and completing a few foot exercises. Be sure to have proper fitting footwear and stretch your calf muscles after you exercise.
Our bones are strong but with enough force, they can break. Keep in mind, however, that not all fractures are the same. Fractures are categorized according to severity and the type of break. While accidents can occur, especially, during outdoor summer activities, you can strengthen your bones with a proper diet such as a diet rich in Calcium and Vitamin D and partaking in weight bearing and strength training exercise.
Sprains and Strains
Whether it’s a pulled hamstring, a sprained ankle, or a sore shoulder, many of us have experienced a sprain or strain. Sprains are caused by stretching or tearing of ligaments while a strain is stretching or tearing of your muscles or tendons. Luckily, both sprains and strains can be prevented with a proper warm up and stretching.
Knee injuries are categorized as one of the most common sports injuries. Knee joints are important for explosive movements such as sprinting, pedaling a bicycle, and using water skis. They can see a lot more use during the summer months. Knee injuries can be quite painful and may require long recovery periods with ongoing sport injury physiotherapy home visits. To help prevent these kind of injuries, it’s important to regularly stretch the muscles that support your knees, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your leg, hip, glutes, and core muscles strong.
If you find yourself dealing with a painful condition as a result of a sport injury, try our convenient at home sport injury physiotherapy service. Contact us today to book a sport injury physiotherapy session.