It seems that more people than ever are enjoying various sports and physical activities. It also seems as if more people are being injured as a result. However, there are some excellent ways to prevent injuries regardless of what physical activity you are attempting. No all injuries can be prevented, and accidents do happen. However, planning ahead and being smart can reduce the chances that you will be injured.
1. Educate yourself.
You need to be aware of what you are about to take up or attempt.
2. Prepare yourself mentally and physically
It is important that you train for your activity if needed. Additionally, be sure to warm up and stretch beforehand. This will prepare your muscles and prevent cramps, torn muscles, and overuse injuries.
3. Listen to your body.
Whether this is a new activity or an old one, sometimes it’s easy to become so engrossed in your activity that you forget to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Don’t make this mistake.
Cross training is gaining popularity, but it is still overlooked way too often. Cross training will keep your body in good condition as well as keep it in balance. A human leg has many muscles. However, not every activity will use all of the muscles in the leg equally. This creates a problem because it ends up with some muscles being stronger than others and can contribute to injuries.
5. Eat and Drink Properly.
If you are going to be regularly active, you need to learn about nutrition and consider a multi-vitamin. This does not mean that you have to totally change what you eat. It simply means that you need to be sure that you are getting the proper amount of nutrients, protein, and carbohydrates. Additionally, make sure you drink plenty of water before the event, and plan for water breaks during the event. This might mean stashing water in a ditch if you’re running a distance, keeping water in your car, or providing a sports drink for your fellow people.
6. Plan ahead.
Prepare a first aid kit to keep nearby. This is important for every sport. The first aid kit should include a sports wrap and a cell phone. For those of you who don’t know, any old cell phone that is charged that does not get service can still dial 911. Beyond that, it is strongly recommended that you carry band-aids, alcohol wipes, an ice pack, gauze and tape. Hopefully you will never have to use the first aid kit, but it is good to have on hand just in case.
Physical activity is invigorating and exhilarating. Done properly, it can also be done safely. The most important parts of the activity, however, is education and planning. Search the internet. Talk to an expert. Observe the activity. Do everything you can to learn about the activity that you are going to undertake. Above all: Have fun!