There are several measures you can take throughout your day to reduce the likelihood of sport-related injuries.
- Before playing any sport, be sure to warm up the muscles you will be using.
- If you are playing a sport that requires all of your body’s muscles, it is recommended that you take a 5 minute walk, while moving your arms in circular motions to the front and side of your body.
- While playing any sport, be sure to start slowly and work up to 100% of your effort. For example, if playing tennis, start by playing at half the court distance with less effort per swing. Then, progress to the baseline with your shots as you increase your effort of hitting the tennis ball.
- Make sure you drink plenty of fluids; dehydration can lead to muscle cramping, lethargy and dizziness.
- Wear proper footwear; do not play sports in sandals or bare feet unless specific to that sport.
- Stretch after your sporting activity. Studies have shown that it is beneficial to stretch afterwards to prevent injury.
Examples of Basic Stretching Exercises
(To find out which muscle the below exercise is targeting, simply drag your mouse over the image)