How to Avoid Sports Injuries from Inactivity During Social Distancing
With gyms closed, millions of people were forced to readjust their workout routines.
Some gobbled up home workout equipment and took up jogging.
Others preferred to avoid exercise for a while – and that’s fine!
Regardless, jumping back into your pre-lockdown workout after so much time off puts you at an elevated risk for sports injuries.
4 Tips to Avoid Sports Injuries as You Ease Back into Activity After Social Distancing
While injuries are unavoidable in some cases, you can take a few steps to condition your body and prevent them from happening.
- Start Gradually – Don’t Jump Back In
Even if you’ve been working out at home, you still shouldn’t jump into your previous routine at the gym.
Start slow with lower weights than you normally lift. Ease your muscles and ligaments back into the exercises.
- Tape or Brace Old Injuries
Research has found that taping or bracing areas you’ve injured before – such as your knee or ankle – can prevent re-injury.
- Train Your Balance
If you haven’t worked out during quarantine (don’t worry we’re not judging), you may want to start with some balance training. This will prevent your risk of falling, tripping, and injury.
- Focus on Flexibility
There’s little evidence to support the idea that stretching prior to exercise reduces your risk for injury. However, regular stretching to improve flexibility – both before and after exercise – is important.
Ease Back into Workouts in Tallahassee with a Healthy Spine
There’s a valid reason 33% of NFL teams have a chiropractor on-staff. Regular chiropractic adjustments can promote flexibility, mobility, and balance.
Dr. Mike has over 20 years of experience helping patients heal from injuries, reduce chronic pain, and improve their musculoskeletal health with gentle chiropractic care.
An evaluation from Dr. Mike along with some gentle spinal adjustments and massage therapy can help you avoid workout-related injuries from happening in the first place – especially after a period of inactivity.
Don’t wait for an injury to happen – take a proactive approach to prevent them! Schedule an appointment at Big Bend Chiropractic in Tallahassee by calling 850-668-4200.