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5 Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

Don't break a leg
by Gelo Gonzales | Aug 3, 2010
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For anyone who’s into sports, having an injury is always a scary prospect. [firstpara]

It’s painful, it stops you from being able to give your 100% in your chosen sport, and if you’ve ever seen someone break an arm or a leg, it’s horrifying.

So, here now are five ways to limit the chances of experiencing injuries.

1. Proper preparation
Different sports have different injury risks. It would do you good to identify the areas of your body that are prone to injury in your particular sport.

Once you’ve done that, you can focus on stretching out properly, and what specific joints and muscles you should give special attention to when warming up.

Developing a warm-up/stretching routine that prepares you for a particular sport, and executing it properly should lessen the chances of an injury.
Along with this, you should also take part in a comprehensive conditioning program that targets not just specific body parts but the whole body as well.

2. Don’t over train
Everything in moderation, they always say, and it's something you should keep in mind even when training for the ultimate fight/game/match of your life.
If you’re just starting out with strength and conditioning training, it’s important to coordinate with a trainer who’ll give you a routine that’s fit for you.

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Know your limits and communicate with the trainer in order to develop a program that keeps your development at a steady pace without being overly strenuous. A good program should become more progressively difficult as your body develops.

Give your body enough rest between training sessions to allow your muscles and joints to heal. Training with tired muscles and overused joints gives you a higher chance of injury. 

3. Posture and form
After proper preparation, execution comes next. Beginners should learn to follow their trainer’s instructions to the letter, in order to be able to learn the perfect form and posture when doing exercises. Doing an exercise in the improper form could increase the stress on certain body parts that lead to, you guessed it, injury.

After exercise, a cool down period is recommended. This will ease your body, the stiffening muscles, and joints from active mode to a more relaxed one.

4. Know your body
Feel, and listen to what you think your body tells you after vigorous activities. If you think that a certain muscle group or joint feels unnaturally painful after exercise, you should react and try to figure out what you might be doing it wrong or if you’re simply doing too much.

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Pain means that there might be something wrong, and that your body is nearing injury. So to be sure, it’s wisest to consult with a physician, especially if you think that the pain is becoming regular.

5. Invest in proper equipment
For your feet, buy the shoes that fit your foot’s profile. Don’t just buy a shoe because it looks cool. Test it out, and see how comfortable you feel in it. When your feet don’t feel good in a particular type of shoe, don’t buy it, because it might mean that the shoe doesn’t fit your foot type.

Other equipment such as knee, elbow and ankle braces should be worn as well, especially if you have a history of injury in those body parts.

One accessory you could also try is Philten’s magnetically charged sports wristband and necklace. They work by restoring the balance of ions in the body, which leads to improved blood circulation.

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The product, which makes use of melted titanium technology, comes in different sizes, and can be worn around the wrist, the ankles, and the neck, as per the demands of a particular sport. Philten's magnetically charged sports wristband and necklace promise to improve flexibility, which is a very important factor when it comes to injuries, and reduce pain in stressed areas. Check out their website for more information.

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