How To Prevent An Injury

How To Prevent An Injury

If you've ever been injured, you'll know that recovering and getting back to where you were with your fitness can be a challenge.

Nobody wants to be injured!

It’s painful and frustrating and can incapacitate you either in your daily life or in the sporting activities you love to do.

So how do you prevent an injury from happening?

Let’s first look at the different types of injuries there are before we answer that question.

The most obvious is an acute traumatic injury that occurs from an outside force.

We’ve all seen elite sports people get carried off the field, having been knocked over by another player and ending up with an acute injury.

Or you might be involved in even a minor car accident and you end up with whiplash, or trauma to another area of the body.

Then we have the less obvious acute injury that occurs when an underlying problem that hadn’t presented any symptoms, suddenly snaps!

The underlying issue, could be a postural imbalance, lack of flexibility and mobility, poor core strength or poor fitness.

This leads to extra stress being put on certain areas of the body and when it gets too much for it, that’s when the injury happens.

Say you’re fairly new to running. You’ve been building up to a 5km distance and you finally get there.

So you decide to work on your time and start to do some sprint work, but you’re not that pro active with stretching. You feel the tightness in your calf but push through because you want to complete your workout.

You wake up the next morning and you can’t put your foot to the ground because of the pain in your calf and you’ve ended up with a strained calf muscle that stops you from running…and walking for weeks!

The last type of injury is quite random and is usually the result of a fall or stumble with no apparent reason behind it.

You might be walking down the street, happen to miss a step and down you go.

These injuries can end up being quite nasty with broken bones and major bruising involved.

The underlying issue here is a little less clear cut. But can involve something we call proprioception.

It’s a long word which essentially means, your body’s ability to correct itself when it goes off centre. This happens very unconsciously and in a split second.

Most people would call this “balance”.

OK, this is a very basic explanation of how injuries happen.

So what’s the best strategy for injury prevention?

Creating structural integrity and balance in ALL areas of fitness, no matter how old you are, no matter what you do for a living, male or female.

  • Core strength
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Dynamic power
  • Balance
  • Cardio fitness

You may not need to work on all of these areas with equal intensity but neglect one of them at your own peril!

Remember that you should always plan your fitness program over a lifetime, not just for a few weeks or even a few years.

You want a strong, capable body for the duration of your life and the longer you attend to your body, the less chance of an injury occurring.

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