Stretch Your Body – Not Your Limits!
Whether you do yoga or run marathons, training in the RIGHT way is vital — what’s the use in making all that effort, to end up spending weeks or even months out of commission because you pushed yourself too hard — or in the wrong way?
I know from my own experience that stretch is vital to staying injury free — despite being the oldest person in my martial arts class(!) I have never been seriously injured in 17 years of playing capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) – WHY? I would arrive at least 20 minutes before class to stretch and warm my muscles before class — and would make sure I stretched gently again when I was done! (And I’m still the oldest person in my class!)
Common Sports Injuries – and How to Avoid Them
Below are a few tips to avoid injuries while engaging in various sports:
|Sport||Injury||How to Avoid|
|Yoga||Low back pain||Build up to any yoga asana (movement) SLOWLY; use foam rollers to help with the mobility of your spine|
|Running||Runner’s knee||Poor running technique and week glutes are a factor – do squats and bridges (be careful!) to strengthen the muscles|
|Cycling||Neck pain, stiff back||Try using a foam roller to loosen your muscles before and after riding|
|Swimming||Shoulder pain||Overuse of certain muscles can cause inflammation – moderation is the key!|
|Weight training||Low Back Pain||Poor technique or weights that are too heavy – don’t strain!|
|Aerobics||Sprained ankle||Inappropriate footwear is usually the culprit – always buy footwear in the evening (feet swell during the day) and make sure they fit properly to support your ankles|
|Tennis||Tennis elbow||This is a repetitive strain injury (RSI) – the only remedy is REST and possible massage|