Sports injuries generally occur for two different reasons: trauma and overuse. Sports are fun but they are physically demanding and rough on the body. Overuse injuries often occur when the body is pushed past its current physical limits or level of conditioning — but poor technique and training errors, such as running excessive distances or performing inadequate warm-ups, frequently contribute. The most common sports injuries are sprains, strains, and stress fractures. Most sports injuries are not completely avoidable but there are things you can do to prevent or reduce the risk.
Tips To Prevent Sports Injuries
- Maintain flexibility. It is extremely important that you do dynamic stretches before starting your activity.
- Strengthen your core.
- Use proper technique.
- Take time to rest.
- Ensure proper healing of a previous injury.
- Wear the proper gear such as pads, helmets, mouthpieces, etc.
- Schedule at least one day a week off from playing your sport.
- Do not play through pain.
- Drink plenty of water.
How Sports Massage Can Help
If you are an athlete and experiencing a sports injury, your recovery and performance will benefit if you work with a sports recovery establishment. Sports injuries are a common occurrence, and massage therapy can be a great way to speed up the recovery process. Massage therapy can help to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, both of which are important for healing. In addition, massage can help to reduce pain and improve the range of motion. Nothing jolts an active body like a sudden hamstring sprain, shooting back pain, or knees that just decide to buckle during your daily routine. If you exercise regularly, slowing down for a while to let yourself heal can be a real struggle – mentally and physically. Since you won’t be able to do the activity you love while you’re icing or resting in bed, try something new. With a bad knee, football and track are out, for now, so try Pilates. Pilates gives athletes an edge mentally and physically. The practice reduces injuries, speeds recovery time, improves range of motion, promotes efficient breathing techniques, and develops a mind-body connection. It’s a lot of stretching, breathing, and holding planks. Now, it’s not going to give you the same calorie burn but you will feel like you are engaging your muscles and working up a sweat.
About Massage Therapists
Massage therapists are recognized by most states in the US as health and wellness professionals. They are required to have received hundreds of hours of specialized training, passed the MBLEx board exam, and obtained a state license in order to practice. These professionals have experience working with pro athletes and weekend warriors. They use a variety of methods and techniques such as MAT™, Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping, Kinesio Taping, and more, to attend to all your body needs for a full recovery and outstanding experience for sports injuries.
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About TPS Massage
TPS Massage focuses on professional athletes and weekend warriors. We have years of training and experience working with pro athletes and weekend warriors. We use a variety of methods and techniques such as MAT™, Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping, Kinesio Taping, and more, to attend to all your body needs for a full recovery and outstanding experience.
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