Stretching & Sports Injury


stretchingsportsinjury Athletes who are serious about their professions are terribly afraid of injuries. Injuries affect you in the following two ways:

1.    Your body needs more time to recover and recoup itself.

2.    You lose a lot of training time which can hinder future efforts.
This is analogous to a financial setback, wherein you not only incur a primary loss but have to spend more time and effort to get back where you were before the setback.

Injury statistics in the USA reveal the following:

1.    More than 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day.
2.    While playing games, one in seventeen athletes gets injured.
3.    50% of injuries reported could have been prevented.

It is possible to prevent sports injuries by taking certain precautions; however, many athletes skip these precautions. The following are some such precautions.

1.    Warm-up prior to starting any exercise – warm-ups should be done gradually; this will increase body temperature and blood circulation, which in turn increases the available oxygen supplies to the muscles. This prepares both your body and mind for a harder physical workout.

2.    Cooling down after completion of exercise – once you complete your workout routine it is essential that you cool down in order to reduce the temperature of the body. This prevents the accumulation of toxins such as lactic acid in your muscles. A cool down routine helps relax stiffened and tightened body.

Half of sports injuries could be prevented through simple stretching.  Stretching relaxes your body and yet many athletes skip stretches because they think that it is ineffective or unimportant.

They couldn’t be more wrong.  Any exercise regimen should incorporate stretching.

Stretching makes your muscles flexible which in turn reduces the probability of getting injured. Many athletes and coaches are not taking advantage of the benefits of stretching.

How does stretching help?

The length of muscles and tendons extends through stretching and this in turn increases the range of movement. This means that tendons and muscles have the capacity to stretch a bit more before sustaining an injury.

For example, suppose your neck muscles are stiff and limit your all-round head movement.

If your regular workout necessitates neck movement and your neck muscles are stiff, it will cause muscle strain or possibly tears.

If you regularly complete stretching exercises you could ensure that such injuries are less probable.

Additional advantages to stretching include:

•    Faster recovery from injury and prevention of muscle soreness.

•    Maintaining proper tendons and muscle shape.

•    Muscle conditioning, which in turn helps prevent sports injuries.
Stretching is much more beneficial than most people would believe. Remember to stretch regularly.