Spring, summer, winter or fall - each season offers the opportunity to partake in sports! In the warmer weather, we enjoy golf, swimming, soccer and baseball. And, in the autumn and winter, it's skiing, football and basketball. Many of us play sports all year long - such as bowling and tennis.
Physical activity offers a multitude of benefits. It keeps us healthy and fit, on every level. Sports participation is a wonderful way to burn those extra calories and lose weight. Vital to remaining in the game, is knowing how to prevent or limit injuries. Additionally, it is essential to keep the body strong and healthy.
According to reports, almost 30 million children and teens in the US participate in organized sports. Unfortunately, over 3.5 million injuries occur, resulting in a loss of participation time. Of all injuries sustained in childhood, almost one-third is sports related - with sprains and strains being the most common.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's NEISS (2006), the top sports and injuries reported include:
Basketball - 529,837 injuries
Bicycling - 490,434 injuries
Football - 460,210 injuries
ATV's, Mopeds, Minibikes - 275,123 injuries
Baseball, Softball - 274,867 injuries
Exercise, Exercise Equipment - 269,249 injuries
Soccer - 200,00 injuries
Swimming - 164,607 injuries
There are many reasons or causes of sports injuries:
Lack of conditioning
Insufficient warming-up and/or stretching
Improper footwear or unsafe equipment
Rapid growth spurt during puberty
Trauma (collision or slip and fall)
Overuse or repetitive strain
Poor posture, weak core muscles
Dehydration or poor nutrition
Athletes seeking sports injuries treatment may start with RICE, the first aid treatment for injuries. This includes REST, ICE, COMPRESSION and ELEVATION. However, we believe that it is imperative to have a sports injury properly evaluated in order to determine the extent of damage and prevent a lifetime of problems - such as lack of mobility, weak muscles, painful joints and joint instability.
At Kessel Wellness Center, we offer sports injury therapy. Our sports injury treatment programs and sports injury rehabilitation include ice, heat, chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, trigger point therapy, rehabilitation exercises and stretching, therapeutic massage and nutritional support.
Below are some tips to help prevent or limit sport injuries:
Schedule a structural and muscular evaluation.
Wear proper attire that fits correctly.
Warm up and cool down.
Target your exercise - prevent repetitive movement injury.
Begin slowly and increase gradually - in both time and intensity.
Prevent dehydration by drinking water before, during and after a practice, competition or exercise session.
Correct any structural imbalances, muscular weaknesses and nutritional deficiencies.
Know your limits. If you experience pain, stop and rest. Seek medical attention if necessary.